Toronto Vs Cleveland Odds To Win Eastern Conf. SemisJosh Bailey
One year after taking two games off of the Cleveland Cavaliers in their 4-2 Eastern Conference Finals loss, Kyle Lowry and the third-seeded Toronto Raptors will get another crack at trying to dispatch LeBron James and the second-seeded Cavs when they square off in their conference semifinal series showdown, starting on Monday.
Thanks to the expert NBA betting analysis that you’re about to get on this intriguing second round series, you’re going to have a great idea of just which team you should back with your roundball betting bucks whether it’s the favored Cavs at a whopping -750 or the clearly more attractive odds of the Raptors at +450.
Raptors Vs Cavs Eastern Conference Semis Series Schedule:
Game 1: Raptors at Cavaliers Monday, May 1 at 7:00 PM ET on TNT
Game 2: Raptors at Cavaliers Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00 PM ET on TNT
Game 3: Cavaliers at Raptors Friday, May 5 at 7:00 PM on ESPN
Game 4: Cavaliers at Raptors: Sunday, May 7 at 3:30 PM ET on ABC
Game 5: (If necessary) Raptors at Cavaliers TBD
Game 6: (If necessary) Cavaliers at Raptors TBD
Game 7: (If necessary) Raptors at Cavaliers TBD
Let’s get down to business.
Toronto Raptors Vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds To Win Eastern Conference Semifinal
- Toronto To Win +450
- Cleveland To Win -750
The Raptors fought their way back from a 2-1 series deficit against the upstart Milwaukee Bucks to bounce their conference rivals 4-2 while winning the final three games of the series.
Cleveland swept Paul George and the Indiana Pacers in four straight games, but the Cavs didn’t have the easiest time in doing so, which I’ll get to in just a minute.
Toronto (55-33 SU, 47-39-2 ATS) went 28-13 at home during the regular season and 23-18 on the road. The Raptors rank 10th in coring (106.9 ppg) and an even more impressive eighth in point allowed (102.6 ppg). Toronto has a pair of all-star guards in DeMar DeRozan (27.3 ppg) and Kyle Lowry (22.4 ppg) while Serge Ibaka (14.2 ppg) and Jonas Valanciunas (12.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg) both average double figures in scoring.
The Raptors also have some decent rotation players that all average between 5.8 and 9.2 points per game in Cory Joseph, DeMarre Carroll, the blossoming Norman Powell, Patrick Patterson and P.J. Tucker.
The Cavaliers (55-31 SU, 37-46-3 ATS) went 31-10 at home during the regular season, but just 20-21 on the road while averaging a stellar 110.3 points per game to rank fourth in scoring. Unfortunately, the Cavs have been just mediocre defensively in allowing a whopping 107.2 points per game to rank 20th in points allowed.
Now, when it comes to the head-to-head meetings between the Cavs and Raptors, you should know that Cleveland beat Toronto three times in four regular season meetings while covering the spread in each SU victory.
Going back to their Eastern Conference Finals matchup from last season, the Cavaliers have gone 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games against the Raptors.
While the Cavs allowed Indiana to top the 100-point plateau in every game in its first round sweep and the Raptors showed some serious mettle in overcoming their series deficit against Milwaukee, no matter how hard I try to envision Toronto upsetting Cleveland, I just don’t see it happening, especially with the Cavs having home court advantage in this series.
Both, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan pulled disappearing acts against the Cavs in a couple of games in lat season’s Eastern Conference Finals and I believe one of both will do so again in their upcoming playoff series. In the end, I like LeBron and the now, well-rested Cavaliers to win and advance, likely in seven games.
You may not like their -750 odds, but LeBron James will not allow Cleveland to lose to the likes of the Toronto Raptors, even though I am thinking this series will be a bit tougher than their lat playoff meeting a year ago.