Massive Playoff Implications
The Cleveland Cavaliers are holding down the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference and are desperately hoping to stay away from fallen lower. If they do, they might have to join the playoff play-in tournament.
Unfortunately, they’re coming off a loss to the sluggish Los Angeles Lakers, which has extended a month-long funk. The Cavaliers are just 6-10 in their last 16 contests.
The Toronto Raptors, on the other hand, want to get out of the play-in tournament and make their way up the standings. They are sitting as the seventh seed right now and a win could pull them even with the Cavaliers.
This contest has important playoff implications, especially with each team having less than 10 games to go before the end of the regular season.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and NBA odds for Cavaliers vs Raptors. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Mobley Shining for Cavaliers
There were some doubts after the Cavaliers drafted Evan Mobley at the top of the first round, but he’s going to be among the Rookie of the Year contenders. He has proved all of his doubters wrong with his play up to this point.
Without him, we may not be seeing Cleveland in this type of position. Mobley averages 15.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 blocks.
His running mate in the frontcourt, Jarrett Allen, suffered a fracture in his finger recently, leaving much of the inside responsibilities up to Mobley.
Mobley has been great with a larger role but it’s clear that the team’s injuries are starting to take a bite out of their production. Remember, the team is also without star guard Collin Sexton.
Darius Garland is leading the team with 21.4 points and 8.6 assists per game. Like many of the players on this team, his splits are better at home.
This team is just 18-18 on the road compared to 23-13 at home. That’s going to be a factor here and you have to note that if you bet online.
Raptors Have Phenomenal Depth
It’s hard to argue that the reason the Toronto Raptors have been so surprising this season is their depth. From top to bottom, the team has players that can easily step in and contribute.
They have a championship-winning head coach in Nick Nurse, who has proved to be one of the best in the league at developing young talent.
Pascal Siakam hasn’t gotten much attention, but he’s emerged as a star, averaging 22.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists.
Along with Fred VanVleet, the first-time All-Star who is averaging 21.0 points, the team has a core once again.
The main challenge in this spot is that Gary Trent Jr and OG Anunoby are both listed as questionable for this game. If they’re out, that’s a big blow
Scottie Barnes will fill some of the void. He’s another contender for Rookie of the Year and, like Mobley, impacts every part of the game.
Cavaliers vs Raptors Head-to-Head
These two teams have squared off three times already. Each of those games saw the Cavaliers walk away as the winners, including a 144-99 shellacking in the second competition.
Cavaliers vs Raptors Game Information
- Game: Cleveland Cavaliers (41-31) at Toronto Raptors (40-32)
- Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
- Day/Time: Thursday, March 24th. 7:30 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Cavaliers vs Raptors Betting Lines
Cavaliers vs Raptors Prediction
The opening NBA odds have the Raptors listed as four-point favorites in the sportsbook. While that makes sense considering they are on a bit of a hot streak, winning six of their last eight games, Cleveland has had far more success against them this year.
It’s hard to sweep a team in your conference, but Cleveland has beaten them three times already – including a near 50-point blowout.
Allen’s absence will be hard to overcome for the Cavaliers, but so will the loss of Anunoby and Trent – if they aren’t able to suit up. If they’re out, it’s hard to back the Raptors.
When it comes to the spread, the Cavaliers +5½ still looks to be a good choice if you’re making your NBA picks in this one.
Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers +5½