Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 23, 2022

The Toronto Raptors look for their first back-to-back wins in nearly a month on Friday, but it will be very tough to accomplish that at an excellent Cleveland team.

December 23, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
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Pointspread +4.5 -114
Moneyline +152
Over / Under o +214


Betting Action


Pointspread -4.5 -106
Moneyline -182
Over / Under u +214


Betting Action


The Cavs opened as 4-point favourites on the NBA odds.

Raptors vs. Cavaliers NBA Betting Odds

Friday is the third of four regular-season meetings between the teams, and they finish off back in Cleveland on Feb. 26. The Raptors won the first two low-scoring matchups at home, 108-105 in the season opener and 100-88 on Nov. 28.

Pascal Siakam averaged 20.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in the two, OG Anunoby 19.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, Gary Trent 16.5 points, and Fred VanVleet 14.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals. Donovan Mitchell leads the Cavs in the season series at 19.5 points per game (well under his season average), Evan Mobley is at 16.0 points and 10.5 rebounds, and Jarrett Allen 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds. All-Star guard Darius Garland is only averaging 11.0 points.

Cleveland leads the all-time series 53-49 and is 30-20 at home, taking the past two there.  Toronto is just 1-7 against the spread in its past eight as the road team.

Toronto Raptors

The NBA is a funny game. Toronto lost a few games it should have won on paper, anyways, during a six-game losing streak. On Wednesday, the Dinos visited the New York Knicks, who had won an NBA-best eight games in a row. So, naturally, Toronto won 113-106. Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 52 points and added nine rebounds and seven assists. He joined Vince Carter (51 – Feb. 27, 2000), DeMar DeRozan (52 – Jan. 1, 2018), Terrence Ross (51 – Jan. 25, 2014) and Fred VanVleet (54 – Feb. 2, 2021) as the 50-point scorers in franchise history. It was only the ninth 50-point game by a visiting player at historic Madison Square Garden. Fred VanVleet had 28 points and is averaging 25.1 points in his past eight. The Raptors had a season-low five turnovers and continue to lead the league in fewest turnovers per game. It was also Coach Nick Nurse’s 200th career win with the franchise. Gary Trent Jr. and Khem Birch were out injured, and both are questionable for this one. The Raptors are 3-8 ATS in their past 11 on the road.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland made a major statement on Wednesday in winning its fifth straight game, 114-106 over Milwaukee and it wasn’t that close. Donovan Mitchell had 36 points and Darius Garland 23 – good luck finding a better backcourt in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland leads the NBA in defensive rating (106.8) and is allowing the fewest points per game in the league (104.5). That stellar unit forced 21 Bucks turnovers, the most by a Cavs opponent this season.  They are a league-best 16-2 at home, and it’s their second winning streak overall this year of at last five games (season high is eight). Toronto might catch a break Friday in that big man Evan Mobley, the runner-up to the Dinos’ Scottie Barnes for the 2021-22 NBA Rookie of the Year, is questionable with right knee soreness. Cleveland is 15-5-1 ATS in its past 11 at home.

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