NBA Tuesday Preview
Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers
Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m. (ET)
NBA Pointspread: Cleveland -2
Total Line: 225.5
Toronto gave up some ground to Boston in the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference with Saturday’s 110-99 loss to the Celtics as a 4.5-point home favorite. This was the Raptors’ fourth straight-up loss in its last seven games and they have failed to cover against the spread in their last eight outings. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in six of those eight games. Toronto is still 9-2 SU in its last 11 road games with a 7-4 record ATS.
DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 34 points while going 12-for-19 from the field on Saturday night, but it was not enough to keep the game close against Boston down the stretch. The Raptors were outscored 28-15 in that final quarter. Going 8-for-35 from three-point range did not help the cause. DeRozan continues to lead Toronto in scoring with an average 23.4 points per game as part of the team’s 112.3-point scoring average that is third-highest in the NBA.
Cleveland beat the Raptors 132-129 on March 21 as a two-point home underdog. This was part of a current SU 8-1 run that includes Sunday’s 98-87 victory against Dallas as a 10.5-point home favorite. The Cavaliers have gone 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall with the total staying UNDER in five of their last six outings. They are 6-0 both SU and ATS in their last six home games and the total has stayed UNDER in four of those six games at home.
The Cavaliers outscored Dallas 25-10 in the fourth quarter to pull away from a tight three quarters of play. LeBron James was held to 16 points, but he dished out 12 assists to go with 13 rebounds to post the triple-double. Kevin Love added 13 points and 13 rebounds to the winning cause. Cleveland (47-30) remains a half game ahead of Philadelphia for the third seed in the East.