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Mar 24, 2022

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors Predictions, Picks, Odds

Regular-season NBA action will resume on Thursday night with a compelling Eastern Conference showdown between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors. Coverage begins from Scotiabank Arena in Toronto at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Score Prediction

Raptors 112, Cavaliers 106

Best Bets

Raptors -3.5 (-110) at BetMGM

Cavaliers vs. Raptors Predictions

After finishing 13th in the East with a record of 22-50 SU last year, Cleveland bounced back 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.

Cleveland has been incredibly inconsistent since the All-Star Break though, considering the Cavs’ enter Thursday riding a bumpy 6-10 SU and 6-9-1 ATS skid – while scoring just 109.7 OPPG and allowing 113.3 DPPG across that window.

On the other hand, Toronto also jumped out to a surprisingly solid start to the season, as the Raptors opened with a mediocre 23-23 SU and 25-21 ATS stretch – despite getting tagged as underdogs in 26 of those contests.

Toronto has played excellent since the closing days of January though, considering the Raptors boast records of 17-9 SU and 16-10 ATS across their last 26 games – while generating 111.3 OPPG and allowing just 109.7 DPPG during that timeframe.

I’ll back Toronto here, as the Cavaliers are 6-10 SU and 5-10-1 ATS in their last 16 games, while scoring just – OPPG and allowing – DPPG during that span – setting the stage for an unfavorable road matchup against a Raptors squad that’s surrendering 107.7 DPPG across their latest 6-2 ATS run. 

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Cavaliers vs. Raptors Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Central vs. Atlantic
  • Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022
  • Venue: Scotiabank Arena
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • TV-Time: NBA League Pass - 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Analysis

  • SU: 41-31
  • ATS: 39-30-3
  • O/U: 31-40-1

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

The Cavs’ defense has been far less dominant since mid-February though, and their offense has failed to pick up the slack, considering Cleveland enters Thursday riding a rocky 6-10 SU skid – while surrendering 113.3 DPPG across that stretch.

Toronto Raptors Betting Analysis

  • SU: 40-32
  • ATS: 41-31
  • O/U: 36-36

After last year’s disappointing 12th place showing (27-45 SU), Toronto bounced back with a surprisingly decent start to this season, as the Raptors opened with a modest 23-23 SU stretch – with ten of those SU victories coming in matchups they were underdogs in.

The Raptors emerged as legitimate playoff contenders towards the end of January though, considering Toronto now boasts records of 17-9 SU and 16-10 ATS across their last 26 games – with 12 of those SU victories coming on the road.

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

Cavaliers vs. Raptors Head-to-Head

The Raptors won two-of-three regular-season matchups against Toronto last year, with the first two contests soaring over the total at an average of 235.5 PPG, while the third stayed under with a score of 112-96 (U 212). However, the Cavs’ are 3-0 SU against Toronto this season, with the first and third matchups staying under the total at an average of 201.5 PPG – while the second went over with a score of 114-109 (O 208).

Key Players to Watch

  • CLE: Darius Garland - PG (21.4 PPG, 3.3 REB, 8.6 AST)
  • CLE: Evan Mobley - C (15.2 PPG, 8.3 REB, 1.7 BLK)
  • TOR: Fred VanVleet - PG (21 PPG, 4.6 REB, 6.8 AST)
  • TOR: Pascal Siakam - PF (22 PPG, 8.3 REB, 5.1 AST)

Cavaliers vs. Raptors Betting Conclusion

After posting a double-digit home loss against the Lakers on Monday night (L, 131-120), the Cavaliers hit the road for Thursday’s contest as short underdogs against the Raptors at Scotia Bank Arena – marking the fifth time Cleveland has been an underdog across their last nine games.

I’ll back Toronto here, as the Raptors are 6-2 SU and ATS in their last eight games, while tallying 111.9 OPPG and allowing just 107.9 DPPG during that span – likely serving as a difficult road task for a Cavs’ squad that’s averaging 109.8 OPPG across their latest 6-10 SU skid.

Cavaliers vs. Raptors Betting Trends

  • The total has gone OVER in five straight Cavs' games.
  • The Raptors are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games.
  • The Cavs' are 5-2 ATS in their last seven matchups against Toronto.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the last five Raptors' games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 13 of the last 20 matchups between Cleveland and Toronto.
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