Toronto now looks to avoid getting bounced from the postseason by Cleveland for a third straight year as their series gets underway with Tuesday night's Cavaliers versus Raptors betting matchup at Air Canada Centre. In last year's four-game sweep of Toronto, James faked like he was taking a swig from a courtside fan's beer. Lowry also has a post-season high of 8.3 ASTS, having 3 more assists than previous year in 83 less minutes. Cleveland rolled to an easy four-game sweep of the Raptors in the second round of last year's National Basketball Association playoffs, and has claimed victory over Toronto by an average margin of 20.83 points per game in those six straight wins.
"I thought it was good for IN because it took them to seven games", Casey said. Considering the struggles of the Cavs' supporting cast against the Pacers, it will likely be the latter. If the Raptors are ever going to beat LeBron James, this ought to be the time.
And what they found could make Cleveland a tougher out for the Raptors and maybe whoever comes next. The Cavs haven't been themselves and the Raps seem like they're playing very well. They have home-court advantage. Game 4 is scheduled for Monday, May 7. James led the way with another huge performance putting up 45 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Tristan Thompson had barely been playing vs. the Pacers but was a surprise starter in Game 7 and broke out with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love added 16 points and 14 rebounds. Get all five guys on the court working together to stop him. They may have to if they hope to have success in this series.
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Since joining the league, James has played 1,143 regular season games and 224 playoff games - both tops among all players. I'm ready to go home. That includes 41 percent shooting from beyond the arc while draining 11 threes a game.
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The scoreboard for this road game (April 3rd) doesn't seem bad because the Raptors only lost by 6 points, but they really weren't in this game at the end. It didn't work, as he averaged almost three assists for every turnover, with three teammates nailing at least 14 threes in the six games (Kyrie Irving shot only 29% from three, but still averaged 24.2 points). Cleveland scored just over 1.1 points per possession when that was the case. Especially considering how much Cleveland struggled against IN in Round 1. LeBron is going to go after whoever is covering him and try to draw as many fouls as possible.
As Game 1 approaches, the Raptors are six-point home favorites which means that, in all likelihood, Toronto claims Game 1 and puts the Cavs on their collective heels from jump street.
There are a lot of red flags for the Cavaliers coming into this series. Actually, it's more a knock on James' teammates than him, with no Cavs player outside of James scoring at least 20 points once in the entire seven game series.
The Cavaliers' longer odds are also a testament to the maturation of the 76ers, who have been showing off more poise than process lately.
One thing that hasn't changed is that the Warriors are still favored to win it all with average odds of -105. The return of Fred VanVleet is important for the Raptors as he is the key cog in that second unit. Love was 3-of-5 in the fourth quarter for eight of his 14 points in Game 7.