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Raptors vs Cavaliers Betting Odds – Raptors can’t challenge Cavs

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/18/2010 4:17:20 PM

NBA Odds: Pick Cavaliers

The Raptors vs Cavaliers betting odds is usually a one-sided affair because the Raptors are one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA while the Cavaliers are one of the best. Even though the Raptors have played well of late, that storyline will play out just the same and online betting cappers should expect a comfortable Cavs win on Tuesday

WHAT: NBA betting
WHEN: Tuesday, January 19th, 7:00 PM ET
WHERE: Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH
KEY STAT: Raptors are 14-7 in last 21 games

The Storyline - Raptors vs Cavaliers betting odds breakdown
The Raptors started the season 7-13 but are 14-7 since. In many ways, they have done the opposite of how the Toronto Blue Jays started their year in 2009. The Raps have won seven of their last eight homes games but most NBA teams are good at home. The Raptors play a little better defense at home but on the road, they struggle.

Meanwhile, the Cavs are just rolling. They are the best team in the Eastern Conference and they have played more road games than any other team. At home, they are a sparkling 14-3 and considering they only have 16 road games left, they should be able to get on a nice charge heading into the playoffs.

Offensive Matchups - Raptors vs Cavaliers betting odds breakdown
The Raptors offense is very dynamic but they tend to struggle against good teams. Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani can score – there is no question about that – but defensively, they let the team down. Even so, the Raptors are very versatile in their starting line and off the bench and can score with the best of them.

Unfortunately for Toronto, Cleveland can do the same. The Cavs have a very good starting five headlined by LeBron James. He creates opportunities for everyone and the interior big men like Shaquille O’Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas should have an easy time against the weak Raptors frontcourt.

Betting Edge: Cavaliers

Defensive Matchups - Raptors vs Cavaliers betting odds breakdown
This is an area where NBA betting fans know the Raptors really struggle. Bosh and Bargnani are as weak a defensive frontcourt as you can find while players like Jose Calderon and Hedo Turkoglu don’t exactly shut anyone down themselves. James will be a big problem for this team as will the big men inside.

Shaq may get a lot of heat but the big man is solid on defense. The Cavs allow a league-low 34.7 points in the paint and if they make the Raptors a jump shooting team, they’ll win easily. The Raptors need to penetrate and get to the rim regularly, but the Cavs are a sharp defensive team and they won’t allow that.

Betting Edge: Cavaliers

Notable Injuries - Raptors vs Cavaliers betting odds breakdown
The Cavaliers are without reserve Jamario Moon, who has an abdominal strain while the Raptors are without Reggie Evans, who has a sprained left foot. Marco Belinelli missed the Raptors game on Sunday with flu-like symptoms. He’s day-to-day and may be ready for this game.

Betting Edge: Even

Betting Prediction - Raptors vs Cavaliers betting odds breakdown
The two teams have met once this season already, which resulted in a 101-91 win by the Toronto Raptors in their first game of the year. The Cavs will remember that outing and look for some more revenge this time around.

At home at the Q, Cleveland will bring their best defensive effort and stifle the Raptors into a win and cover.

Craig’s Pick: Cavaliers

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