Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 12/23/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Friday, December 23, 2022
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
The Toronto Raptors are traveling to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Friday where they will compete against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Raptors faced the Knicks and took home the win by a score of 113-106 in their last contest. When talking about personal fouls, the Raptors finished with 16 while the Knicks totaled 19 personal fouls. They converted 11 of their 26 attempts from three-point range. New York ended up going 61.1% from the free throw line by burying 11 of 18 shots. In addition, New York totaled 38 rebounds (9 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 4 rejections. New York recorded 25 assists and had 2 steals for the contest. In relation to defense, Toronto allowed 55.3% from the floor on 42 out of 76 shooting. They also recorded 17 assists for the game as well as forcing 16 turnovers and getting 7 steals. In relation to hauling in boards, they compiled 38 with 16 of them being of the offensive variety. At the charity stripe, the Raptors knocked down 20 of 22 attempts for a percentage of 90.9%. Toronto finished the contest having earned a 44.7% FG percentage (42 of 94) and made 9 out of their 34 shots from 3-point land.
Pascal Siakam is one player who was a major contributor for the contest. Siakam finished the contest at 68.0% from the field and recorded 7 dimes. He was on the court for 41 mins played and also snagged 9 rebounds. He ended up scoring 52 points on 17 out of 25 shooting.
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Toronto will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 14-18 on the campaign. They cough up possession 12.4 times per contest and as a squad they commit 20.4 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Toronto is grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game and has earned 724 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 27th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Raptors are shooting 32.2% on 3-pointers (331 of 1,027) and 79.2% from the free throw line. They are averaging 111.2 points per outing (20th in the league) while going 44.9% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Raptors are able to force 17.0 turnovers per game and they draw 21.3 fouls. They are conceding 35.9% on 3-pointers while they are 8th in the league in points per game allowed (110.9). The Raptors defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 48.9% (1,278 of 2,616) and they concede 41.9 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They currently rank 24th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 827 relinquished so far this year.
The last time they took the court, the Cavaliers got the victory with a final of 114-106 against the Bucks. Regarding how they rebounded, Cleveland allowed Milwaukee to get 46 in all (13 on the offensive side). They went 43.3% from three-point range by shooting 13 out of 30 and walked away from this one shooting 15 of 22 at the free throw line (68.2%). The Cavaliers allowed the Bucks to convert 39 of their 83 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 47.0% in this contest. When the game finished, the Cavaliers walked away from this one shooting 41 out of 85 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.2%. In regard to 3-point attempts, Cleveland converted 10 of 32 tries (31.3%). They were able to bury 22 of the free throws for a rate of 78.6%. The Bucks committed 23 fouls for this game which took the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for a total of 28 shots. They also turned the ball over 10 times, while getting 8 steals in this game. The Cavaliers were able to collect 28 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 for this game.
Donovan Mitchell was important for the Cavaliers in this game. He made 9 of 21 for this game for a field goal rate of 42.9%, and accounted for 4 rebounds. Mitchell earned 36 points in his 37 mins on the hardwood and earned 6 dimes in this matchup.
Cleveland has a win-loss record of 22-11 on the year. On the offensive side of the court, the Cavaliers are shooting 48.0% from the field, which is 7th in the league. Cleveland has accounted for 3,663 pts on the season (111.0 per game) and they collect 42.9 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 23.4 times per contest (23rd in the league) and they are turning it over 14.6 times per contest. The Cavaliers have committed 19.2 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 80.0% from the free throw line.
The Cavaliers on the defensive side of the court are 1st in basketball in PPG given up with 104.5. They are forcing 15.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 45.4% from the field (5th in the league). The Cleveland defense allows 34.7% on 3-point attempts (371 of 1,070) and their opposition knocks down 75.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 22.5 dimes and 39.9 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 3rd and 1st in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto
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