Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors - Wednesday April 5, 2018

Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Preview and Predictions

Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Preview and Predictions

Nikola Jokic dropped in 30 points and the Nuggets pulled within a half-game of a playoff spot by nipping the Pacers, 107-104. Toronto wants home-court advantage all the way to the NBA Finals. The spread can be found at various sportsbooks at both a pick'em and with the Raptors now as a 1-point favorite, while the total is at 222 at most books but also can be bet at 222.5 if you shop around. And Rodriguez and Jose and all those guys, they were just really smart and they were never going to beat themselves. The 6-8, 250-pounder continually overpowered smaller players in the paint and either scored, got fouled or both en route to a nine-point quarter.

The 33-year-old is on course to play all 82 games in the regular season for the first time in his 15-year career.

Of more importance to Drew is that the Cavs have won nine of their last 10 games this season, despite coach Tyronn Lue not being on the bench for nine of those games and several players - Kyle Korver saw his first action since March 19 and point guard George Hill is out with a sprained ankle - being injured. Cleveland did a great job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (23-28; 82.1 percent).

The race for the number one-seed just got a little more interesting on Monday night. James put up a double-double in the victory with 35 points and 17 assists.

Toronto is 1-4-1 ATS in its last six games against Cleveland.

"I believe that there is such a core, fundamental belief that as much success as they had to a point in the NBA's regular season and the early rounds of the playoffs, they know unequivocally that the new style they've instituted gives them the best chance to win and I believe they will be committed to it and I believe it does give them the best chance to win".

Finding a way to combine a 21-4 second-quarter run and shutdown defense for a good portion of the fourth, the Cleveland Cavaliers continued to get ready for the postseason as they defeated the Toronto Raptors by a score of 112-106 at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night.

With the win, the Raptors own a three-game lead over Boston with four games to play. The Sixers have won three straight without All-Star center Joel Embiid, who is recovering from surgery to fix a facial fracture and is slated to return for the playoffs. It was Lowry's highest scoring outing in the past four games and even more importantly it halted the team's two-game losing skid. Damian Lillard scored 29 points and CJ McCollum added 16, but the pair combined to go 2-for-15 from 3-point range for the Blazers.

Kevin Love (Day To Day - Illness): Love is listed as questionable for Tuesday's (Apr. 3) game against the Toronto Raptors. The Cavaliers rank 20th in rebounds allowed per game (43.8). Brown is scoring 14 points per game, while Tatus is adding 13.9.

Cleveland is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games. Goran Dragic scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Heat, who trailed by eight with three minutes remaining before closing on an 11-0 spurt. On the season, Toronto has defeated opponents by an average of 7.8 points.

The three-time National Basketball Association champion went on to pass yet another record in the process as his points tally saw him overtake Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant to second on the list of most 20-point games with 942.

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