After a shaky performance in Milwaukee, the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-7, 5-6 at home) bounced back to winning, defeating the Detroit Pistons for their fifth victory in six games. They’ll finish a three-game road trip at Toronto on the second night of a back-to-back. The Raptors (10-9, 7-2 at home) have just ended their own two-game slump, but there are still a number of injury concerns on the team coming into Monday night.
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The action begins at 7:30 p.m. ET at Scotiabank Arena, and can be viewed live on NBA League Pass.
- The Toronto Raptors are 1-point favorites at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- Cleveland has won five of their previous six games as of Monday night on NBA Odds .
- Read on for a preview of the Cavaliers versus Raptors game, complete with odds and predictions.
Odds for Cavaliers vs. Raptors
Cleveland Betting Predictions
There aren’t many soft landing sites in the NBA odds, but Cleveland found one in Detroit following a disheartening defeat in Milwaukee, staying around to win 102-94. With 32 points and five rebounds, Donovan Mitchell led the scoring onslaught. Evan Mobley had 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Darius Garland had 19 points and 10 assists. Against the Pistons, the Cavs were without regulars Jarrett Allen (hip), Carmelo Anthony (ankle), and Kevin Love (thumb). Their standing versus the Raptors is unknown at this time.
Cleveland’s scoring defense is ranked fifth in the NBA Odds , which is a key reason why they’re presently a 3-seed in the East, and it came up big in the fourth quarter. The Cavs won by holding the Pistons to 16 points and outscoring them by 13. It’s the third time in four games that they’ve kept a team under 100 points.
It was a far cry from the night before, when the Cavaliers saw a double-digit halftime lead evaporate in a 117-102 defeat to the Bucks. Cleveland had a horrible third quarter in the game, being outscored 35-10.
The Cavs improved their road record to 5-6 with their victory on Sunday.
Toronto Betting Predictions
The Raptors aren’t at full strength, but they won 105-100 with a great defensive effort against NBA scoring leader Luka Doncic. Doncic was restricted to 24 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists as Toronto swarmed him with defenders at the NBA Odds, restricting him to only 15 field goal attempts. OG Anunoby led the charge, taking on main defensive responsibilities while scoring 26 points, adding nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals while playing the whole second half.
OG is presently rated sixth in NBA Defensive Player of the Year chances for 2023. He’ll most likely be the one in charge of containing Mitchell. Fred VanVleet scored 26 points, six rebounds, and five assists in addition to missing the previous game due to a non-COVID sickness, while Chris Boucher had a season-high 22 points and 13 rebounds.
The injury situation in Toronto remains a concern, however Scottie Barnes (knee), Pascal Siakam (adductor), and Dalano Banton (ankle) are all doubtful and might play. Precious Achiuwa (ankle) and Otto Porter Jr. (toe) have already been ruled out.
Prediction for Cavaliers vs. Raptors
This is the second of four encounters between these two, with Toronto winning the first at the NBA Odds, 108-105. Mitchell led the Raptors with 31 points and nine assists in his debut, while Siakam led TO with 23 points and 11 rebounds, with all starters scoring at least 15 points.
This season on the NBA Odds, the Raptors are 7-2 at home and 6-3 against the spread. At home, their scoring defense reduces opponents to 107.1 points per game. When playing back-to-back nights, Cleveland is 2-1 straight up and ATS, but with a shorthanded team versus Detroit, their stars logged significant minutes. Mitchell logged 39 minutes, while Garland and Mobley both logged 40.
That might be the deciding factor in a close battle.