Raptors vs. Cavaliers Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Payton Matthews | Updated Mar 20, 2021

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Collin Sexton has scored at least 20 points in 13 of the last 15 games, including seven straight at home.

Toronto
27-45
AT
March 21, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Cleveland
22-50
Pointspread -7.5 -110
Moneyline -293
Over / Under o +216.5

62%

Betting Action

38%

Pointspread +7.5 -110
Moneyline +242
Over / Under u +216.5

62%

Betting Action

38%

The Toronto Raptors play the front end of a back-to-back on Sunday, as they make their first visit of the season to Cleveland to face the rebuilding Cavaliers. The Dinos opened as 7.5-point favourites on the NBA odds.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Keep in mind that Sunday is also the first day of the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and Sports Interaction has previews of all those games.

Ever since LeBron James left after leading Cleveland to another NBA Finals appearance in 2018, the Cavaliers have been a disaster and this year is no different. It would behoove the team to lose as much as possible the rest of the way and finish with one of the three-worst marks in the NBA, as those clubs have an equal chance of winning the draft lottery.

The Cavs do have two good young guards in Collin Sexton and Darius Garland and another building block in centre Jarrett Allen. Kevin Love is still around but he could be traded by March 25; if not, the Cavs will probably move him this off-season.

Sunday is the first meeting of the season between these teams, with Toronto returning to Cleveland on April 9 and then the Cavaliers heading to Tampa, Fla., on April 26.

Toronto swept the three-game series last year by an average score of 121.7-106.3. Sexton averaged 23.3 points in the three games and Garland 16.0 points and 5.7 assists. Pascal Siakam averaged 26.0 points, Kyle Lowry 22.3 points and Norman Powell 21.0 points in the series for the Raptors.

The Raptors are 7-3 in the past 10 in the series but 4-6 against the spread.

Toronto Raptors

We said the Raptors would cover the spread Friday against NBA-best Utah (OK, picked an upset) and they did, but lost their seventh game in a row, 115-112 in Tampa. Pascal Siakam nearly sent it to OT, but his three-pointer at the buzzer spun around the rim and out. Siakam was great though, finishing with 27 points, nine assists and five rebounds. OG Anunoby was the last Raptor to return from COVID protocols, suiting up Friday and finishing with 15 points and five rebounds before fouling out. Chris Boucher went back to a bench role – it is driving many Dinos fans crazy that Boucher isn’t starting on a nightly basis — and had 16 points in 20 minutes. Coach Nick Nurse started a very small lineup. As for this one, the Raptors are 5-5 SU and ATS in their past 10 as road favourites.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland lost for the fifth time in six games Friday, 116-110 at home to San Antonio as Kevin Love and Taurean Prince both were out injured – consider both questionable Sunday. Collin Sexton had 29 points in the loss, as did backcourt mate Darius Garland. Sexton has scored at least 20 points in 13 of the last 15 games, including seven straight at home. Garland has had back-to-back games of at least 25 points for the first time in his NBA career. Regarding this game, the Cavs are 6-3 in the last nine home games against the Raptors and have scored at least 110 points in five straight home games in the series. Cleveland is 4-6 ATS in its past 10 at home and has no Canadians on the roster.

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