Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors Predictions, Odds, Picks
- 5-5 over their last 10 games and sitting 6th in the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers look to secure their playoff position.
- Ranking 7th in the East and one game back from the Cavaliers, the Toronto Raptors want to leapfrog their opponents into playoff position.
- The Cavaliers are undefeated against the Raptors this season, 3-0.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors Odds
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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors Predictions and Pick
Save for a match where the Raptors fielded four 10-day contract players, the Cavaliers have been pushed hard by Toronto in each of their wins. Toronto are a gritty team, but they don’t have the outside shooting to overcome Cleveland in the paint.
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Head-to-Head: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors
|Cleveland Cavaliers ||Head-to-Head||Toronto Raptors |
|JB Bickerstaff||Head Coach||Nick Nurse|
|41-31 (6th in East)||Standing||40-32 (7th in East)|
|111.4 (19th of 30)||Off Rtg||112.2 (15th of 30)|
|108.5 (5th of 30)||Def Rtg||110.8 (13th of 30)|
|96.2 (25th of 30)||Pace||96.0 (27th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Garland (21.4)||PPG||P. Siakam (22.0)|
|J. Allen (10.8)||RPG||P. Siakam 8.3()|
|D. Garland (8.6)||APG||F. VanVleet (6.8)|
|D. Garland (1.2)||SPG||G. Trent Jr. (1.8)|
|E. Mobley (1.7)||BPG||C. Boucher (1.0)|
|E. Davis (.688)/D. Garland (7.9)||FG%/FGM||P. Siakam (.488)/P. Siakam (8.4)|
|K. Love (.391)/K. Love (2.5)||3P%/3PM||F. VanVleet (.384)/F. VanVleet (3.8)|
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|Collin Sexton||Cleveland Cavaliers||19 Nov 2021||Out (Knee)||Sexton underwent surgery on a torn meniscus and will miss the remainder of the season.|
|Jarrett Allen||Cleveland Cavaliers||6 Mar 2022||Out (Finger)||Allen has a fractured finger and it out indefinitely.|
|Rajon Rondo||Cleveland Cavaliers||20 Mar 2022||Out (Ankle)||Rondo was OUT for Cleveland’s Monday (Mar 21) game.|
|Dean Wade||Cleveland Cavaliers||21 Mar 2022||Out (Knee)||There is no timetable for Wade’s return.|
|Malachi Flynn||Toronto Raptors||6 Mar 2022||Out (Hamstring)||Flynn is out indefinitely.|
|OG Anunoby||Toronto Raptors||22 Mar 2022||Day to Day (Finger)||Anunoby was OUT for Toronto’s Monday (Mar 21) game.|
|Gary Trent Jr.||Toronto Raptors||22 Mar 2022||Day to Day (Toe)||Trent Jr. was OUT for Toronto’s Monday (Mar 21) game.|
How Can the Cavaliers Beat the Raptors?
The Cleveland Cavaliers want to clear some space between themselves and the Raptors in the Eastern Conference standings. For them to do that, they need to control the energetic Raptors on the glass.
Only a middling rebounding team, ranking 15th in the league, the Cavaliers must stave off the energetic Raptors on the offensive glass. Toronto rank second in the league in offensive rebounds per game with 13.5, but their defensive rebounding, last in the league, opens up many second opportunities for Cleveland.
With Jarrett Allen unavailable, Evan Mobley has taken the lead in Cleveland’s front court to varying results. Still a rookie, Mobley can be inconsistent but his talent to control the boards is clear. It’ll be up to the Cavaliers’ supporting cast to make up the difference, if they hope to beat Toronto.
Cavaliers Key Player: (G) Darius Garland
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) March 20, 2022
The Cleveland Cavaliers will need some real scoring punch when hey face off against the Toronto Raptors, and the best place to get that is Darius Garland. The Cavaliers will hope that Garland can put in a similar performance against the Raptors.
In his last game, a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Garland posted 29 points and 17 assists in 40 minutes of play. He was excellent getting his teammates involved, which made up for his lacklustre, 2 of 8, shooting night from three.
Garland has had an excellent season, but the Toronto defence can be difficult to overcome. If he can continue to distribute the ball successfully, Garland’s offensive opportunities will be great.
How Can the Raptors Beat the Cavaliers?
The Toronto Raptors need this win against the Cleveland Cavaliers if they hope to leapfrog them in the playoff picture. While they’ve been carried by their starting unit in victories, the Raptors must find production in their bench to beat Cleveland.
Toronto only go about eight-men deep, with most of their bench production coming from Chris Boucher. In Toronto’s last game, a loss to the Chicago Bulls, the Raptors got 31 points from those who played more than 10 minutes off their bench.
Last in the NBA in bench scoring at 24.6 per game, the Raptors will need to find ways for their bench to step up their production. If they can’t, there isn’t enough firepower for Toronto to overcome Cleveland.
Raptors Key Player: (G) Fred VanVleet
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 18, 2022
The Toronto Raptors aren’t a deep team, so they need to rely on their starting unit to produce when they are on the court. Having struggled with injury throughout the season, VanVleet has seen a drop in efficiency that is not benefitting the team.
In his last game, a loss to the Chicago Bulls, VanVleet posted 19 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals. Unfortunately, the Raptors All-Star shot just 31.8% from the field and 25% from three on 12 attempts.
The Raptors need production from VanVleet if they want to take a win from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Always a solid defender, the offence-short Raptors need their All-Star point guard to produce in order to make up for their weak
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How to Watch Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors
|Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors Information|
|Who||Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors|
|Where||Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|When||7:30 PM EST, March 24th, 2022|
|How to Watch||Bally Sports Ohio, SportsNet, NBA League Pass (Stream)|
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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