Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Feb 10, 2024

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the hottest team in the NBA and have a major rest advantage as they visit the Raptors on Saturday.

Cleveland
36-17
AT
February 10, 2024, 7:30 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto
19-36
Pointspread -8.5 -110
Moneyline -375
Over / Under o +229.5
Pointspread +8.5 -110
Moneyline +300
Over / Under u +229.5

Toronto opened as an 8.5-point underdog on the NBA odds. 

Cavaliers vs. Raptors NBA Betting Odds

Cleveland didn’t make any moves ahead of Thursday’s NBA Trade Deadline, but why should it have? The current roster is pretty darn good as the Cavs are on a league-best eight-game winning streak and have climbed to second in the Eastern Conference. They won’t catch Boston for first and the Celtics might be the only East team I would bet to win a series against Cleveland right now. 

 “Sometimes you don’t want to mess with a good thing,” Cavs president of basketball operations Koby Altman said of not making a deal – adding the Cleveland players themselves felt they didn’t need an addition. 

The Cavs have one of the East’s best backcourts in Darius Garland and All-Star Donovan Mitchell and one of its best frontcourts in Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen. Also one of the best Sixth Men in the NBA in Caris LeVert. They maybe could have upgraded at small forward ahead of the deadline but perhaps could add someone in the buyout market.

Saturday is the third and final meeting between these teams, and the winner will capture the season series as it is split 1-1 with the home team prevailing in both and both decided by three points. Cleveland leads the all-time series 55-51 but is 23-30 as the road team and has dropped the past four. 

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland won its NBA-best eighth game in a row Thursday, 118-95 in Brooklyn to improve to an NBA-best 16-8 on the road and 16-1 in its past 17 games overall. The loss was by 10 in Milwaukee on Jan. 24, and the Cavs then beat the Bucks in the same gym by double digits two nights later. Cleveland is the only team in the league this season with two winning streaks of at least eight games and is four wins shy of matching its total road wins from last season. The Cavs have made at least 12 three-pointers in 18 straight games, the longest streak in franchise history. But this team largely wins with defence as it ranks second in allowing 109.3 points per game and has held opponents under 100 points 10 times, winning all of them. Donovan Mitchell should be getting a lot more MVP love than he is as Mitchell is averaging career highs in points (28.5 ppg), rebounds (5.5 rpg), assists (6.3 apg) and steals (1.88 spg). Centre Jarrett Allen has 18 double-doubles since Dec. 23, tying him for the third-most double-doubles in the NBA over that span. Canadian power forward Tristan Thompson remains out suspended for violating the league’s Anti-Drug Program, but he wasn’t playing much. 

Toronto Raptors

We projected a three-point Raptors home win vs. Houston on Friday and that’s what happened with the Dinos prevailing 107-104 – despite being outscored by 14 in the fourth quarter. Immanuel Quickley scored 25 points and RJ Barrett had 21. It was Barrett’s sixth straight game with at least 20, tying a career high. The Toronto native is averaging a team-best 23.0 points on 57.9 per cent shooting in that span. Jakob Poeltl had 16 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, three steals and a career high-tying six blocks. It was the second time in Poeltl’s career where he had a double-double and at least five blocks in the same game. Quickley has made at least one three-pointer in all 17 games with Toronto, the second-longest streak by a player beginning his Raptors career behind only Danny Green’s 20. 

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