2004 Season NBA Basketball Past Picks
April 20, 2005
Cleveland at Toronto
Wednesday 04/20 07:05 PM Eastern
1 unit on Toronto +5 (-110) (risk 1 to return 1.91) RESULT: LOSS
Cleveland beat the Celtics last night to keep their playoff hopes alive but Boston rested both Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker for the second half in that one. Toronto would love to play spoiler here and may not win but should put up a good showing. And, if New Jersey gets up big on Boston, Cleveland's going to know this game won't help them. Toronto is the stronger team statistically and based on stats alone, should be favored here by about 4 points. Toronto likes the huck the ball a lot from 3-point land, especially at home and Cleveland is 0-9 ATS on the road versus teams who attempt 18 or more 3 point shots/game this season. The Cavs pulled off the rare road win last night. Can they do it twice in a row? Consider that they are CLEVELAND is 4-13 ATS on the road in the second half of this season and 2-10 ATS in road games when playing on back-to-back days. Despite their need for a win, this will be a tough game for them. Toronto for one star.