Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Raptors Are Coming off of Their First Win After a Six-Game Losing Streak

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated December 23, 2022
4 min read
  • The Toronto Raptors are coming off of their first win after a six-game losing streak.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers look to push their win streak to six in a row!
  • The Toronto Raptors have dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, leading the season series 2-0.

The Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers rivalry has been fierce this season. Despite losing seven of their last ten games, the Raptors are coming off of a win due to a superstar performance by Pascal Siakam. The Cleveland Cavaliers, on the other hand, have won their last six games due to their excellent two-way efficiency.

The Toronto Raptors currently sit 10th in the Eastern Conference, with an overall record of 14-18 and a home record of 10-6. The Cleveland Cavaliers have climbed to third in the Easter Conference, with a 22-11 overall record but a disappointing 6-9 road record. The Cavaliers hope to reverse their fortunes against the Raptors this season on their home court!

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Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Head-to-Head: Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Toronto Raptors
Head-to-HeadCleveland Cavaliers
Nick NurseHead CoachJ.B. Bickerstaff
14-18 (10th in East)Standing22-11 (3rd in East)
W-L-L-LFormW-W-W-W
113.6 (13th of 30)Off Rtg114.1 (11th of 30)
113.4 (18th of 30)Def Rtg107.4 (1st of 30)
97.2 (26th of 30)Pace95.5 (30th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

P. Siakam (26.2)PPGD. Mitchell (29.5)
P. Siakam (8.6)RPGJ. Allen (10.2)
P. Siakam (6.8)APGD. Garland (7.8)
O. Anunoby (2.3)SPGD. Garland (1.4)
C. Koloko (1.3)BPGJ. Allen, E. Mobley (1.3)
K. Birch (.581)/P. Siakam (9.2)FG%/FGMR. Lopez (.643)/D. Mitchell (10.3)
M. Flynn (.458)/F. Vanvleet (2.8)3P%/3PMD. Mitchell (.428)/D. Mitchell (3.9)

Injury Report

PlayerTeamDateStatusInfo
Precious AchiuwaToronto Raptors13 Dec 2022Out (Ankle)Achiuwa is expected to be out for until after Christmas.
Otto Porter Jr.Toronto Raptors 13 Dec 2022 Out (Toe)Porter Jr. could return in about a month.
Khem BirchToronto Raptors21 Dec 2022Out (Illness)Birch was OUT for Toronto's Wednesday (Dec 21) game.
Gary Trent Jr.Toronto Raptors 21 Dec 2022Out (Quad)Trent Jr. was OUT for Toronto's Wednesday (Dec 21) game.
Ricky RubioCleveland Cavaliers18 Oct 2022Out (Knee)Rubio is still recovering from an ACL tear.
Dylan WindlerCleveland Cavaliers16 Nov 2022Out (Ankle)Windler will miss 4-6 weeks.
Dean WadeCleveland Cavaliers04 Dec 2022Out (Shoulder)Wade suffered an AC join sprain and will miss 3-4 weeks.
Lamar StevensCleveland Cavaliers21 Dec 2022Out (Knee)Stevens was OUT for Cleveland's Wednesday (Dec 21) game.

Spread: Cleveland Cavaliers -4.0 (-114) @ FanDuel Sportsbook

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Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors are focused on earning a win in this matchup as they jockey for position in the Eastern Conference. The Toronto Raptors recently broke off their six-game losing streak behind a 52-point performance from Pascal Siakam against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. On the other side Cleveland's win streak has been powered by the stellar play of Donovan Mitchell, who has averaged 31.8 points per game through that stretch.

Over their five-game win streak the Cavaliers have been shooting 50.4% from the field, averaging 42.0 rebounds, and are forcing 13.2 turnovers. The Toronto Raptors have been excellent at taking care of the ball over their last seven games, averaging just 8.9 turnovers despite going 1-6 over that span of time. Both teams play aggressively on defence, so it should be a tight game.

The difference maker for the Cavaliers will be the efficiency of their offence. The Raptors are allowing teams 13.4 threes on nearly 40% from the field over their last seven games, while the Cavaliers have hit just 10.8 on 36.2% over their five-game win streak. The Cavs should be able to capitalize from three-point range, especially given Toronto's key injuries.

Total: Over 215.5 (-110) @ DraftKings

The Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers don't strike fans and bettors as high-paced offensive teams. This matchup is sure to be more of a defensive affair, despite both teams having their fair share of offensive options on the court. However, that doesn't mean they won't clear the low total of 215.5.

On the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 111.0 points per game (21st in the NBA) but allowing just 104.5 points per game (1st in the NBA). On the other hand, the Toronto Raptors are scoring 111.2 points per game (20th in the NBA) while allowing just 110.9 points per game (8th in the NBA). Toronto have also cleared 215.5 in 22 of their 32 games this season, while the Cavaliers have cleared 215.5 points in just 16 of their 33 matches.

Across these team's first two games this season, the pair have combined to average just 206.5 points per game. However through recent games both have shown an ability to put points on the board. Given Toronto's defensive struggles as of late, expect the Cavaliers to have improved production on the scoring front.

How to Watch Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Who: Toronto Raptors & Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Where: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
  • When: 7:30 PM EST, Friday, December 23, 2022
  • How to Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, TSN, NBA League Pass (Stream)
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