Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors – Game 6
Friday, May 27, 8:30 p.m. (ET) ESPN
Pointspread: Cleveland -6
Total Line: 197
The Cavaliers will be looking to punch their ticket to a second-straight trip to the NBA Finals on Friday night after taking that all-important 3-2 series lead with Wednesday’s dominating 116-78 victory in Game 5 as 11-point home favorites on closing betting line. The total stayed UNDER 196 in NBA picks that crucial win and it has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in four of the first five games in this best-of-seven clash.
The main obstacle standing in Cleveland’s way of closing things out could be its inability to beat this team on the road. Going back to the regular season, it has now lost its last four trips to the Air Canada Centre both straight-up and against the spread after closing as a favorite on all four games. The Cavs dropped two games on the road in this series by a combined 21 points after closing as six-point favorites with BetAnySports in both contests.
Toronto could not carry the momentum it generated with those two wins at home into Wednesday’s night matchup and at the end of the first quarter it found itself down by 18 points. That deficit grew to 31 points after giving-up a total of 65 points by halftime. The Raptors will welcome the chance to play this game at home after going 8-2 SU with a 5-5 record ATS in 10 previous home games in the postseason. The total was evenly split 5-5 in those 10 games.
Inconsistency in the play of the Raptors’ backcourt has been one of the main reasons why they needed the full seven games to get through the first two rounds of the playoffs and why they are on the brink of elimination in this series. Going back to Wednesday’ loss, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan accounted for 27 points while going 7-for-20 from the field. In Toronto’s back-to-back victories at home, these two combined for 52 points in Game 3 and 67 points in a 105-99 victory in Game 4.
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There is no doubt that Cleveland made a strong statement in Wednesday’s win, but it has yet to prove it can beat the Raptors on the road as a favorite