Saturday, January 29 2022

Through 3 Quarters

The Toronto Raptors are just one quarter away from delivering their fans the win they’ve been expecting. a victory is still up for grabs for either team, but they are up 80-76 over the Cleveland Cavaliers

Shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. (15 points), shooting guard Fred VanVleet (14 points), and small forward OG Anunoby (14 points) have been the top scorers for Toronto. This also makes it three games in a row in which Gary Trent Jr. has had at least three steals.

Cleveland has been relying on small forward Cedi Osman, who has shot 5-for-8 from beyond the arc and has recorded 17 points, and center Jarrett Allen, who has nine points in addition to 11 rebounds. This makes it three consecutive games in which Allen has had at least 11 rebounds.

The Cavaliers haven’t lost 100% of the games in which they were down heading into the final period this year, so a win here would be refreshing.

Who’s Playing

Cleveland @ Toronto

Current Records: Cleveland 5-4; Toronto 6-3

What to Know

After three games on the road, the Toronto Raptors are heading back home. They will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday at Scotiabank Arena. These two teams come into the game bolstered by wins in their previous games.

The Washington Wizards typically have all the answers at home, but on Wednesday the Raptors proved too difficult a challenge. Toronto beat Washington 109-100. Toronto can attribute much of their success to shooting guard Fred VanVleet, who had 33 points and six assists.

Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers typically have all the answers at home, but on Wednesday Cleveland proved too difficult a challenge. Cleveland had just enough and edged out the Trail Blazers 107-104. The Cavaliers’ center Jarrett Allen looked sharp as he posted a double-double on 24 points and 17 boards.

The Raptors are the favorite in this one, with an expected 6-point margin of victory. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a three-game streak of ATS wins.

The wins brought Toronto up to 6-3 and Cleveland to 5-4. Two numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: Toronto enters the matchup with 11 steals per game on average, which is the best in the league. Less enviably, the Cavaliers have allowed their opponents an average of 10.4 steals per game, the second most in the league. In other words, they will need to work extra hard to take care of the ball.

How To Watch

  • When: Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Scotiabank Arena — Toronto, Ontario
  • TV: Bally Sports – Ohio
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $37.00

Odds

The Raptors are a solid 6-point favorite against the Cavaliers, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 6-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Cleveland have won 20 out of their last 34 games against Toronto.

  • Apr 26, 2021 – Toronto 112 vs. Cleveland 96
  • Apr 10, 2021 – Toronto 135 vs. Cleveland 115
  • Mar 21, 2021 – Cleveland 116 vs. Toronto 105
  • Jan 30, 2020 – Toronto 115 vs. Cleveland 109
  • Dec 31, 2019 – Toronto 117 vs. Cleveland 97
  • Dec 16, 2019 – Toronto 133 vs. Cleveland 113
  • Mar 11, 2019 – Cleveland 126 vs. Toronto 101
  • Dec 21, 2018 – Toronto 126 vs. Cleveland 110
  • Dec 01, 2018 – Toronto 106 vs. Cleveland 95
  • Oct 17, 2018 – Toronto 116 vs. Cleveland 104
  • May 07, 2018 – Cleveland 128 vs. Toronto 93
  • May 05, 2018 – Cleveland 105 vs. Toronto 103
  • May 03, 2018 – Cleveland 128 vs. Toronto 110
  • May 01, 2018 – Cleveland 113 vs. Toronto 112
  • Apr 03, 2018 – Cleveland 112 vs. Toronto 106
  • Mar 21, 2018 – Cleveland 132 vs. Toronto 129
  • Jan 11, 2018 – Toronto 133 vs. Cleveland 99
  • May 07, 2017 – Cleveland 109 vs. Toronto 102
  • May 05, 2017 – Cleveland 115 vs. Toronto 94
  • May 03, 2017 – Cleveland 125 vs. Toronto 103
  • May 01, 2017 – Cleveland 116 vs. Toronto 105
  • Apr 12, 2017 – Toronto 98 vs. Cleveland 83
  • Dec 05, 2016 – Cleveland 116 vs. Toronto 112
  • Nov 15, 2016 – Cleveland 121 vs. Toronto 117
  • Oct 28, 2016 – Cleveland 94 vs. Toronto 91
  • May 27, 2016 – Cleveland 113 vs. Toronto 87
  • May 25, 2016 – Cleveland 116 vs. Toronto 78
  • May 23, 2016 – Toronto 105 vs. Cleveland 99
  • May 21, 2016 – Toronto 99 vs. Cleveland 84
  • May 19, 2016 – Cleveland 108 vs. Toronto 89
  • May 17, 2016 – Cleveland 115 vs. Toronto 84
  • Feb 26, 2016 – Toronto 99 vs. Cleveland 97
  • Jan 04, 2016 – Cleveland 122 vs. Toronto 100
  • Nov 25, 2015 – Toronto 103 vs. Cleveland 99

Injury Report for Toronto

  • Yuta Watanabe: Out (Calf)
  • Pascal Siakam: Out (Shoulder)

Injury Report for Cleveland

  • Isaac Okoro: Out (Hamstring)
  • Kevin Love: Out (Covid-19)
  • Lauri Markkanen: Out (Covid-19)

Source: CBSSports.com

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