Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 2/26/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2023
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+6)
The Cleveland Cavaliers will play the Toronto Raptors at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Sunday. Cleveland is 6-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 228.
The Raptors faced off with the Pelicans and went home with a win by a final score of 115-110 in their last game. In the matter of fouls, the Raptors ended up finishing with 20 while the Pelicans finished the game with 19 fouls. They also buried 13 of their 30 tries from beyond the arc. New Orleans finished the contest at 76.0% at the free throw line by making 19 of 25 attempts. In addition, New Orleans snagged 43 rebounds (6 offensive, 37 defensive) and got 5 blocked shots. New Orleans distributed 23 assists and had 6 steals for this contest. In terms of the defense, Toronto allowed the other team to go 46.4% from the floor on 39 of 84 shooting. They also distributed 17 dimes in the game as well as forcing 13 turnovers and having 10 steals. In the matter of grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 48 with 11 of them being offensive. At the charity stripe, the Raptors made 20 of 25 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. Toronto ended with a 46.7% FG percentage (43 of 92) and buried 9 of 31 three-point shots.
Pascal Siakam is someone who had an impact for the matchup. He notched 26 points on 9 of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 mins and also totaled 4 boards. Siakam ended up going 42.9% from the floor and also totaled 5 dimes.
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Toronto enters this matchup with a mark of 29-31 this season. They average 113.4 points per outing (21st in basketball) on 45.7% from the field. The Raptors are shooting 33.5% on shots from distance (650 of 1,938) and 78.3% from the free throw line. As a team, Toronto is collecting 42.9 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,394 dimes this year, which is 25th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 11.9 times per game and as a squad they are committing 20.5 personal fouls every game.
On the defensive end, the Raptors have forced 16.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.7 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 26th in the NBA in giving up assists with 1,558 conceded this season. The Raptors defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 49.0% (2,434 of 4,967) and they relinquish 42.3 rebounds per game as a unit. They are conceding 37.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 10th in the league in PPG allowed (112.4).
In their last game, the Cavaliers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 136-119 when they faced the Hawks. In the matter of how they rebounded, Cleveland allowed Atlanta to snag 42 in all (5 on the offensive glass). They shot 53.6% from beyond the arc by shooting 15 out of 28 and finished the contest at 21 of 23 at the free throw line (91.3%). The Cavaliers allowed the Hawks to bury 50 of their 85 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 58.8% for the contest. At the conclusion of this game, the Cavaliers finished shooting 40 for 88 from the floor which had them shooting 45.5%. When discussing 3-pointers, Cleveland converted 13 out of 35 tries (37.1%). They were able to knock down 26 of the free throws for a rate of 89.7%. The Hawks had 21 personal fouls for this contest which got the Cavaliers to the free throw line for a total of 29 attempts. They also coughed up the ball 11 times, while recording 9 steals for the contest. The Cavaliers were able to corral 25 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards for a total of 35 for this contest.
Darius Garland ended up being a major contributor for the Cavaliers for this game. Garland recorded 33 points in his 31 mins on the court and accounted for 2 dimes in the matchup. He converted 11 of 19 in the game for a field goal rate of 57.9%, but wasn't able to grab a rebound.
Cleveland has a mark of 38-25 on the campaign. The Cavaliers are responsible for committing 18.7 fouls every game and they go 78.1% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 24.8 times per contest (17th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 13.8 times per contest. Cleveland has accounted for 7,045 points on the campaign (111.8 per contest) and they average 41.8 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Cavaliers are connecting on 48.8% from the field, which is ranked 5th in the league.
The Cleveland defense gives up 37.0% on 3-point shots (720 of 1,945) and their opponents are knocking down 77.9% of their free throw attempts. They give up 23.0 dimes and 40.3 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 3rd and 2nd in the NBA. The Cavaliers on the defensive side of the court are 1st in the league in points given up per game with 106.7. They have forced 15.1 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 46.7% from the field (8th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cleveland (-6)
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