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Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 Raptors vs Cavaliers

The Raptors bit the Cavaliers in the ass and handed back-to-back losses, tying the series and giving everyone a big message that they’re here to win. Now the series heads back to Cleveland for a crucial fifth game that will determine which team jumps ahead on the road to the NBA Finals. Will the Cavaliers defend their home court or will the Raptors bite off another win? Keep reading for the full game preview.

Toronto Raptors Betting

You have to give credit to the Raptors after coming back from being two games behind. Fighting tooth and nail, Toronto managed to tie the series gaining momentum and pushing doubts into the heads of Cavaliers’ players who thought they were going to get off easily.

Much of the credit should be given to the Raptors’ star duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan who have played spectacularly over the last two games. However, the series heads back to Cleveland now and the pair will have to find it in them to do whatever it takes to win on the road. If they can keep their numbers, they have a solid shot at winning tonight.

Another big positive surprise for the Raptors has been the great job that big man Bismack Biyombo has done in the absences of Jonas Valanciunas. The Congolese center has dominated over the last two games at both ends of the court. He’s also done a great job in getting in the way of opposing forwards, swatting away around 3 shots per game.

Cleveland Cavaliers Betting

The Cavaliers are probably relieved the series now heads back to Oracle Arena, where they’ll have their home crowd cheering them on. If game 1 and 2 are any indication, the Cavaliers will have a great game tonight. If you recall, Cleveland dominated in the first two games, manhandling and outscoring Toronto without regard.

Playing at home should give the Cavaliers’ three front men, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and LeBron James a big morale boost. Though Irving and James played extremely well in the last game, Love was a different story and tonight should fire him up. Love has only managed a paltry 13 points over the span of the last two games. Clearly not enough if they hope to topple Toronto.

The Cavs also have a ways to go on defense. If they can’t figure out a way of slowing down DeRozan and Lowry, it’ll be a long night. However, stop these two players and it opens up a world of possibilities with James and Irving taking care of offense.

Betting Trends

  • Toronto is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Toronto is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Toronto is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Cleveland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto
  • Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto

Game Predictions: LeBron and Irving come through. They’ll lead the Cavaliers tonight to a big win. Bet on the Cavaliers.