NBA Predictions: Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Tuesday, 3/25/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Toronto -4
Current Betting Line:  Toronto -4
Opening Total:  196
Current Total:  194.5
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The Toronto Raptors are 5-2 SUATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points
The Toronto Raptors are 5-2 SUATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points

Toronto has alternated wins and losses over its last four contests, as it comes off a 96-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks as 7.5-point home favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in five games.  The Raptors continue to hold a half-game lead over the Chicago Bulls for the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs, which is important to consider when making your NBA predictions Tuesday night.  The team has an opportunity to reach 40 wins for the seventh time in franchise history with a victory in this spot.  Toronto is 5-2 SUATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points this season, with the UNDER going 5-2 in that situation.

The Raptors are 18-16 SU on the road this season—their most wins away from home since the 2001-02 campaign.  Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry has scored 19-plus points in a career-high nine consecutive games—averaging 22.6 points and 7.9 assists over that span.  All five of the team’s starters are on pace to set career highs for minutes per game.

Cleveland snapped a four-game losing streak by picking up a 106-100 victory over the New York Knicks as 10-point road underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for the third time in four contests.  The Cavaliers have four of five probable starters averaging double figures, with forward Luol Deng leading the way at 16.6 points a contest, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA betting lines.  In its first two meetings against Toronto, the squad has had five players averaging 10 or more points.  Cleveland is 5-1 ATS as home underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points this season.

The Cavaliers have connected on at least 50 percent of their field goal attempts in three of their last four games—averaging 102.0 points and dishing out 26.0 assists over that span.  Cleveland has compiled a 15-20 SU record at Quicken Loans Arena, including a 9-11 mark versus conference foes.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cavaliers due to their 8-2 ATS mark after scoring 100 or more points in their previous game.

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