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Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals: Raptors vs. Cavaliers

Just when everyone thought the Cavaliers were going to seal the deal in game 3 and take the series with three games up, the Toronto Raptors proved they had some bite left in them and clawed their way to victory 99-84. Now, we’re onto the fourth game which may end up being the turning point for this series; can the Raptors tie it at two a piece or will the Cavaliers jump ahead 3-1? Keep reading for the full game preview…

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors

  • Time: Monday, May 23, 2016 8:30 PM ET
  • Place: Air Canada Centre
  • Betting Odds: Cleveland -6
  • Total: 197

Cavaliers Betting

The Cavs didn’t have to sweat it out too much over the first two series in the postseason. However, now they’re having a hard day’s work after the loss over the weekend to a fighting Raptors team that won’t be put down quite as easily as they may have thought.

LeBron James continues to pull his own weight, leading this team forward. To date, he’s averaging 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 dimes against Toronto. However, he’s probably at this point aware, that in order to win tonight he’ll need his teammate’s assistance to get the job done. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will have to step into the fray and do a much better job than they did in game 3 when they only combined for a paltry 16 points.

Tristan Thompson and Love will also need to take care of things underneath the rim. They need to close down the lanes and prevent Toronto from getting second shot opportunities to control the flow of the game.

Raptors Betting

Winning game 3 was paramount for Toronto. Arguably however, tonight’s game is even more important if they don’t want to fall to 1-3 which is very hard to bounce back from.

Toronto’s go to duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan need another big night. The pair scored 20 and 32 points respectively in game 3 and they’ll need to put up at least as many in tonight’s game to get the job done.

Another player that came through big time was center Bismark Biyombo. Toronto’s big man game a total of 26 rebounds in game 3 and seems to be ready for tonight’s battle where he’ll be needed beneath the rim. Biyombo is also blocking 2 shots per game over the last 5 games which is dissuasive to players attempting to go down the line.

Betting Trends

  • Cleveland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Cleveland is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
  • Cleveland is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Toronto is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Cleveland
  • Toronto is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Cleveland
  • The total has gone UNDER in 18 of Toronto's last 21 games when playing at home against Cleveland

Game Predictions: We believe Toronto pulls another huge win to tie the series at two a piece. Look to Lowry and DeRozan to get the job done.