Cleveland Cavaliers – Toronto Raptors – NBA actioan is back in Cleveland. The leaders are going to face The King in his own kingdom.
- Cleveland won their second straight and their third in the last four games as they defeated the Bucks at home. LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 40 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the victory. Cleveland team are below average defensively, ranking tied for 27th in scoring defense by allowing 109.9 points per game. This problem in defence is more than fixed, they make an huge defence game in last game and from now they will have the defence strong team point. LeBron James is averaging 27 points and nine assists. Kevin Love is good for 17.9 points plus 9.3 boards per contest. Love returned March 19 against the Bucks with an huge game with 19 points and 7 boards after missing 21 games after he fractured his hand in the first quarter against the Pistons on January 30.
- The Raptors currently are 3rd in the league by averaging 112.5 points per game. Raptors are 6th in the league in assists with 24 dimes a night. Toronto is 6th in scoring defense as they give up 103.9 points per game. DeMar DeRozan leads Toronto with 23.7 points plus 5.1 assists per contest. Jonas Valanciunas averages 12.5 points plus 8.6 boards per contest. Kyle Lowry is the floor general for the Raptors and he contributes with 16.4 points plus 5.6 boards and 6.7 assists per game. Toronto receives solid production from guys like Serge Ibaka (12.6 points, 6.2 rebounds) and Norman Powell: CJ Miles (10.4 points), Fred Van Vleet, Lucas Nogueira, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby and Delon Wright are being looked at to contribute for coach Dwane Casey’s group. For Raptors that bench was the key of succes this season with many players who step in very well.
- Larry Nance (hamstring) and Rodney Hood (back) are both listed as out on the injury report for Wednesday’s game vs. Toronto. Even if DeRozan will play tonight this back-to-back game will be very hard for Raptors. The return of Love is very welcome in Cleveland and he will grow from game to game to be ready for play-offs run with LeBron. My prediction for Cleveland Cavaliers – Toronto Raptors is below.
Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers +4.5, odds 1.50.
Second prediction: LeBron James over 30.5 points, 1.87 odds.