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Last Updated Mar 07, 2022, 00:05 AM

Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Predictions, Picks, Odds

Nationally televised NBA action will resume on Sunday night with an intriguing Eastern Conference matchup between the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Coverage begins from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Score Prediction

Raptors 112, Cavaliers 109

Best Bets

Raptors +4.5 (-110) at BetMGM

Raptors vs. Cavaliers Predictions

After finishing 13th in the East with a record of 22-50 SU last year, Cleveland barreled out to a surprisingly strong start to this season, as the Cavaliers opened with an impressive 35-21 SU and 34-20-2 ATS stretch – despite getting tagged as underdogs in 28 of those contests.

The tables have turned on Cleveland recently though, considering the Cavaliers enter Sunday riding a bumpy 1-6 SU and ATS skid – which includes frustrating SU losses to the Pistons, Hornets, and Wolves.

On the other hand, Toronto posted a relatively pedestrian start to the season, as the Raptors kicked things off with a mediocre 23-23 SU and 25-21 ATS stretch – despite getting tagged as underdogs in 26 of those contests.

The Raptors have played solid basketball since mid-January though, considering Toronto enters Sunday boasting records of 11-6 SU and 10-7 ATS across their last 17 games – while tallying 112.1 OPPG and allowing just 109.9 DPPG during that timeframe.

I’ll back Toronto here, as the Cavaliers are 1-6 SU and ATS in their last seven games, while scoring just 106.1 OPPG and allowing 112.9 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for another unfavorable matchup against a Raptors squad that’s averaging 112.1 OPPG across their latest 11-6 SU stretch.

Raptors vs. Cavaliers Betting Odds

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Raptors vs. Cavaliers Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Atlantic vs. Central
  • Date: Sunday, March 6, 2022
  • Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
  • Location: Cleveland, OH
  • TV-Time: ESPN - 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Toronto Raptors Betting Analysis

  • SU: 34-29
  • ATS: 35-28
  • O/U: 33-30

After finishing 12th in the East with a record of 27-45 SU last year, Toronto was much better to start this season, as the Raptors opened with a relatively pedestrian 23-23 SU stretch – with ten of those SU victories coming in matchups they were underdogs in.

The Raptors have looked like legitimate playoff contenders since mid-January though, considering Toronto enters Sunday riding a sturdy 11-6 SU run – which includes tough victories over the Heat, Bulls, Wolves, and Hawks.

Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Analysis

  • SU: 36-27
  • ATS: 35-26-2
  • O/U: 24-38-1

After last year’s lousy 22-50 SU showing, Cleveland stormed out to a surprisingly solid start to this season, as the Cavaliers kicked things off with an impressive 35-21 SU run – while leading the league in several defensive categories across that window (102.4 DPPG, 1.032 DE).

The Cavaliers have struggled defensively across their latest stretch though, and their offense has failed to pick up the slack, considering Cleveland enters Sunday riding a frustrating 1-6 SU skid – while scoring just 106.1 OPPG and allowing 112.9 DPPG during that timeframe.

The Cavaliers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games. (AP)

Raptors vs. Cavaliers Head-to-Head

The Raptors won two-of-three regular-season matchups against Cleveland last year, with the first two meetings soaring over the total at an average of 235.5 PPG – while the final event stayed under with a score 112-96. The Cavaliers are 2-0 SU against Toronto this year though, with the first matchup staying under the number at a score of 102-101 (U 204) – while their most recent meeting went over with a score of 144-99 (O 207.5).

Key Players to Watch

  • TOR: Pascal Siakam - PF (21.5 PPG, 8.5 REB, 5 AST)
  • TOR: Scottie Barnes - PF (14.9 PPG, 7.5 REB, 3.3 AST)
  • CLE: Darius Garland - PG (20.7 PPG, 3.3 REB, 8.1 AST)
  • CLE: Evan Mobley - C (14.5 PPG, 8 REB, 1.7 BLK)

Raptors vs. Cavaliers Betting Conclusion

After posting back-to-back home losses against the Pistons and Magic, the Raptors hit the road for Sunday’s contest as short underdogs against the Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse – marking just the third time Toronto has been an underdog across their last 17 games.

I’ll back Toronto here, as the Raptors are 11-6 SU and 10-7 ATS in their last 17 games, while scoring 112.1 OPPG and allowing 109.9 DPPG during that timeframe – likely serving as a difficult task for a Cavs’ squad that’s averaging just 106.1 OPPG across their latest 1-6 SU skid.

Raptors vs. Cavaliers Betting Trends

  • The Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last six games.
  • The Cavaliers are 12-6 ATS in their last 18 matchups against Toronto.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the last nine Raptors' games.
  • The Cavaliers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 14 of the last 20 matchups between Toronto and Cleveland.
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