Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/26/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/26/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers (19-13) vs Toronto Raptors (14-15)

Game Info: Sunday, December 26, 2021 at 6:00 pm (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers -6.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cleveland Cavaliers play host to the Toronto Raptors at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Sunday night.

The Toronto Raptors were starting to really build some momentum as they had won five of their last seven games before having their last two games postponed due to not having enough players available. The Raptors haven’t seen the court since their 119-100 home win over the shorthanded Warriors on Saturday where VanVleet led the team with 27 points and 12 assists while Scottie Barnes added 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists before he was placed in the league’s health and safety protocols on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have quietly been one of the hottest teams in the league as they were riding a six-game win streak before getting stopped in their tracks by the Celtics in a 111-101 road loss on Wednesday. Darius Garland led the team with 28 points and six assists on 11 of 22 shooting, Kevin Love added 18 points with 12 rebounds and three assists while Cedi Osman chipped in with 13 points, but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 39 percent from the field and nine of 38 from the 3-point line as they struggled to keep up with the Celtics from the start and trailed by 15 points at halftime and they stayed behind by double-digits right till the end.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 6-0 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. The Cavaliers are 8-0 ATS in their last eight home games, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 21-5 ATS in their last 26 games overall.

Head to head, the over is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings overall and the Raptors are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Cleveland.

The Raptors were picking up steam before having three of their last four games postponed, but it’s hard to know what we’re going to see from the Raptors who haven’t played since last Saturday. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have been playing some of their best basketball of the season and they were on fire before getting stopped by the Celtics on Wednesday. Both teams are missing some key players, but the Cavaliers have proven themselves to be the more consistent team so far this season and I think they’re worth a shot in this one.



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Peter’s Pick Cleveland Cavaliers -6.5

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