The Toronto Raptors (22-11) meet the Cleveland Cavaliers (10-22) in the NBA at the Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday night (New Year’s Eve).
Toronto lost for the third time in four games on Sunday night, as they went down to a narrow, home-court defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder by 98-97.
Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet each scored 20 points and Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors.
The injured trio of Pascal Siakam (groin), Norman Powell (shoulder) and Marc Gasol (hamstring) all sat for the sixth straight game for Toronto. The Raptors are now 3-3 without these players.
The Raptors are averaging 111.3 Points per Game (PPG), while they are allowing 106.2 (PA). Toronto are 13-5 with home-court advantage.
Improving Cleveland were victorious for the fourth time in five games as they won 94-88 on the road at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. The Cavaliers secured the win despite having to overcome an NBA season tying-high 29 turnovers, although they did out-rebound Minnesota by 61-39.
Rookie Darius Garland and Collin Sexton each scored 18 points for the Cavaliers.
The Cavs are averaging 104.6 PPG, while they are allowing 113.2 (PA). Cleveland are 4-12 on the road.
Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Lines & Prediction
In terms of our NBA predictions, the Cavaliers might be the team with the greater momentum coming into this game and the absence of key players for the Raptors also has to be factored in. However, the home-court advantage is Toronto’s and they have already proved their resilience as NBA champions this season, so they should win this.
The Raptors are available at odds of -550 (1.18) at bet365 Sportsbook on the Money Line, with the Cavaliers at +425 (5.25) with bet365. However, we’ll take Cleveland on the Point Spread +9.5 at -110 (1.90) with bet365 as our tips.
NBA Predictions: Point Spread – Cleveland Cavaliers +9.5 @ -110 (1.90) with bet365