Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors NBA Pick – March 24

The NBA is set up with another strong slate of action throughout Thursday night. Five games are up on the board throughout March 24. One of these games will be between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors. These two teams have been strong on the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time.

Cleveland has earned a record of 41-31 throughout this season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are coming off a loss in their last game, but have won three of their last five. Cleveland is one game back on the fifth spot in the Conference. The Cavaliers will look to come out fast on the road.

The Raptors have put up a record of 40-32 so far this season, which has them in seventh place of the Eastern Conference. Toronto lost their last time out, but have won six of their last eight games. The Raptors are one game back on the Cavaliers entering this one. Toronto will look to move up the standings with a huge win on Thursday night.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Cavaliers have been slightly better throughout this season and will look to keep it going. Toronto will look to remain red hot in this matchup. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win on Thursday night.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Cleveland Cavaliers +3 ½ (-110) Over 215 (-110)
Toronto Raptors -3 ½ (-110) Under 215 (-110)

 

Team Data Cleveland Cavaliers Toronto Raptors
Overall Record 41-31 40-32
Away/ Home Record 18-18 17-16
PPG 107.4 108.7
PPG Away/ Home 107.1 109.1
PAPG 104.6 107.3
PAPG Away/ Home 106.3 106.6

Betting Trends

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • 37-30 ATS this season
  • 17-16 ATS in road games
  • 4-5 ATS in March
  • 4-3 ATS when playing on two days rest
  • 8-4 ATS against Atlantic division
  • 16-10 ATS after non-Conference game
  • 3-5 ATS off an upset loss as favorite
  • 0-1 ATS after allowing 130 points or more
  • 7-8 ATS after a loss by 10 or more points
  • 22-10 ATS against team with a winning record

Toronto Raptors

  • 39-32 ATS this season
  • 15-17 ATS in home games
  • 6-6 ATS in March
  • 7-4 ATS when playing on two days rest
  • 6-10 ATS against Central division
  • 8-4 ATS after a loss by 10 or more points
  • 12-8 ATS after scoring 100 points or less
  • 25-13 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up three times this season. Darius Garland dropped 21 points in the first meeting to help lead the Cavaliers to a 102-101 win on the road. Kevin Love and Garland both put up 22 points in the second matchup as Cleveland grabbed a 144-99 win. Lauri Markkanen scored 22 points and added 12 rebounds in the third game as the Cavaliers won 104-96.

Field Goal Shooting

The Cavaliers have been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. Cleveland has made 46.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 8th in the league. The Cavaliers have shot 35.2 percent from deep, which is 15th in the NBA. Cleveland has sunk 76 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 22nd in the league.

Toronto has struggled shooting the ball a bit on the season. The Raptors have been shooting 44.2 percent from the field, which is 26th in the NBA. Toronto has made 34.9 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 20th in the league. The Raptors have drained 75.3 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 24th in the NBA.

Cleveland has been the better shooting team on the season and have a slight edge on defense. The Cavaliers have held opposing teams to a 45 percent from the field, which is 7th in the league. Toronto has allowed their opponents to shoot 46.3 percent from the field, which is 18th in the NBA. The Raptors will look for their defense to step up early in this one.

Top Performers

Darius Garland has been strong for Cleveland this season. Garland is averaging 21.4 points and 8.6 assists per game. Evan Mobley has averaged 15.2 points and 8.3 rebounds. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 14.4 points, while Kevin Love has averaged 13.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Caris LeVert is averaging 12.3 points and Cedi Osman has averaged 11 points per game to round out the lineup.

Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet have both been strong for the Raptors. Siakam has averaged 22 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. VanVleet is averaging 21 points and 6.8 assists per game. Gary Trent Jr. has averaged 18 points, while OG Anunoby is averaging 17.5 points per game this season. Scottie Barnes rounds out the lineup, averaging 15.4 points per game.

These two teams have been led by their stars throughout this season. Jarrett Allen and Collin Sexton are both listed as out for the Cavaliers, which hurt their lineup a bit. Gary Trent Jr. and OG Anunoby are both listed as questionable for Toronto, but it feels like they are both unlikely to play. Both teams will look for some players to step up in this one.

Pick Overview

These two teams are in a tight race in the standings and will look for a big win as they meet up on Thursday night. Cleveland has taken the first three games of the season series and will look to finish with the sweep. The Raptors have been strong as well this season and I think they will bounce back at home. If Toronto can come out fast, I like their chances to grab the win in this one.

BetOnline has the Raptors listed as a -3 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to Toronto at home on Thursday night. I think that this line is accurate with the Raptors at home and both teams competing in the standings. Toronto lost the first three games of the season series, but I think they will bounce back in this one. As slight favorites, I like the value on the Raptors.

The Bet
Toronto Raptors -3.5
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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