The Cleveland Cavaliers have a chance to win three straight games for the first time in nearly six weeks when they host the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. The Cavaliers (19-32) bounced back from a five-game slide with a pair of resounding victories at San Antonio and Oklahoma City to match their win total (19) from each of the past two seasons. Toronto has been in a free fall since the beginning of March, going 3-15 in its last 18, including a 116-105 setback at Cleveland on March 21.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. William Hill Sportsbook lists Cleveland as a 1.5-point favorite while the over-under for total points scored is 218.5 in the latest Raptors vs. Cavaliers odds. Before making any Cavaliers vs. Raptors picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Raptors vs. Cavaliers spread: Cavaliers -1.5
- Raptors vs. Cavaliers over-under: 218.5 points
- Raptors vs. Cavaliers money line: Toronto +105; Cleveland -125
- TOR: The Raptors are 5-7 ATS as a road favorite
- CLE: G Matthew Dellavedova has 22 assists and zero turnovers in the last four games
Why the Raptors can cover
One of the bright spots in the last two losses for Toronto -- games in which it fell behind by 34 and 20 points in the first half -- was the play of forward Chris Boucher. He has 19 points and eight rebounds in Tuesday's loss to the Lakers before turning in a career-best performance in Thursday's setback to Chicago. Boucher had 38 points and 19 boards to become the fifth undrafted free agent since 1983 to collect at least 35 points and 15 rebounds.
Toronto will look to him to carry a heavy load as it deals with a lengthy list of absences. Kyle Lowry (foot) is doubtful and Fred VanVleet (hip) has been ruled out for this matchup. Pascal Siakam (rest) will also sit this one out. OG Anunoby, who was ejected vs. the Lakers, contributed 13 points, six assists and three steals Thursday and also had 17 points and three steals against Cleveland last month.
Why the Cavaliers can cover
Cleveland ranks last in the NBA in scoring at 103.6 points per games and the team was even worse during the recent five-game skid, averaging a mere 90.8 points, before erupting for 125 and 129 in their last two games. It marked the first time the Cavaliers cracked 120 points since Jan. 27. The guard tandem of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland sparked the offense, combining for 48 points at Oklahoma City and 59 against San Antonio.
Sexton had a monster game in the 11-point win over Toronto on March 21 by scoring 36 points on 13-of-24 shooting, including 6 of 9 from behind the arc. Forward Kevin Love missed that game with a calf injury that has sidelined him for much of the season but he has two double-doubles in four games since returning to the lineup. Love scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds -- both season highs -- in Thursday's win over the Thunder.
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