Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 26, 2021

The Toronto Raptors are set to take the court in Cleveland on Sunday night, but with a lineup ravaged by COVID issues it's tough to say who will be eligible to play.

Toronto
48-34
AT
December 26, 2021, 6:00 PM ET
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Cleveland
44-38
Pointspread +9 -110
Moneyline +291
Over / Under o +207.5

33%

Betting Action

67%

Pointspread -9 -110
Moneyline -355
Over / Under u +207.5

33%

Betting Action

67%

The Toronto Raptors apparently will take the court for the first time in more than a week as they visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. The Cavs are 8.5-point favourites to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 206.5.

Raptors vs. Cavaliers NBA Betting Odds

Because of COVID issues, the Raptors haven’t played since beating a short-handed Warriors team 119-100 on Dec. 18. Games Monday vs. Orlando and Wednesday at Chicago were postponed but apparently they will play this evening in Cleveland.

It’s the second of four scheduled regular-season matchups. On Nov. 5 at Scotiabank Arena, the Cavs won 102-101. Darius Garland made two free throws with 4.8 seconds remaining to win it. He finished with 21 points. Jarrett Allen had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and Evan Mobley 18 points. Mobley and Toronto’s Scottie Barnes are among the favourites for NBA Rookie of the Year. Barnes had 14 points and nine rebounds that night. OG Anunoby led with 23 points.

Cleveland leads the all-time series 51-46 and is 28-20 at home. The Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their past six in Cleveland. The over is 4-0 in the past four there.

Toronto Raptors

So who will be active for Toronto if this game is played? Good question. Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent, Scottie Barnes, OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa, Malachi Flynn and David Johnson are out. Pascal Siakam, Khem Birch, Dalano Banton and Justin Champagnie are in question. On Friday, the team signed forward Daniel Oturu to a 10-day hardship contract. Toronto is 4-0 ATS in its past four games but that was with a mostly full roster.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland also is quite short-handed due to illness or injury but in quite better shape overall. For sure out are starting big men Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley, Ed Davis, Cedi Osman, Lamar Stevens and Dylan Windler. Probably looking at a starting five of Ricky Rubio, Darius Garland, Lauri Markkanen, Dean Wade and NBA fan favourite and 7-foot-6 centre Tacko Fall. Cleveland last took the court Wednesday and had a six-game winning streak snapped in a 111-101 loss in Boston. Interestingly, the Cavs’ past 10 wins all have been by at least 10 points, the team’s longest streak of consecutive wins by double digits since Nov. 13-Dec. 9, 2008 (12 straight wins by at least 10 points). Cleveland is 7-0 ATS in its past seven as a favourite.

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