Eastern Conference Semifinals All Underway in NBA Playoffs
The NBA Playoffs are well underway and tonight one of the most anticipated series kicks off. The best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors kicks off.
Game 1 should be a good measuring stick of each teams status after their 1st round matchups.
VietBet opened the Raptors as six-point home favorites and the total for the 8 p.m. tip on TNT has been set at 218 points. The line now has settled at Toronto -7 and the total at 215.
Cavaliers Have Been Awful ATS in the NBA Playoffs
Cleveland needed the full seven games to get past Indiana in the opening round. Home team won each game straight-up. The Cavs failed to cover as a 5.5-point home favorite in Sunday’s 105-101 victory in Game 7. They fell to 1-6 against the spread in the postseason.
The total went OVER 200.5 points in that game after staying UNDER in five of the first six games against the Pacers. The Cavaliers open this series with a 4-2 record ATS in their last six road games.
The only reason why Cleveland is in this series as the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference is because of LeBron James. He was a one-man wrecking ball against Indiana.
His stats over all seven games were an average of 34.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists. He scored 45 points in Game 7 while going 16-for-25 from the field.
He posted a double-double in points and rebounds in the first five games of that series.
Raptors Made Easy Work of Wizards in Opening Round
The Raptors went a perfect 3-0 SU and ATS at home in their opening playoff series. They were able to eliminate Washington in six games. They were also 4-2 ATS in that series. The total stayed UNDER the VietBet closing line in the last three games. The total went OVER in the first three contests.
Toronto was tied with Houston for the best SU record at home in the regular season at 34-7 and it was 24-19-1 ATS.
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors in scoring all season long with an average of 23.0 points per game. He had the hot hand against the Wizards with a26.7 PPG average. Toronto averaged 109.2 points over the six games.
That was a few points less than a 111.7 PPG average that was ranked fourth in the NBA in the regular season.
The Raptors gave up 113.3 points over the first four games against Washington. The Toronto defense held the Wizards to fewer than 100 points in the final two games.
Cleveland has yet to prove it can win a playoff game on the road. I am laying the seven points and sticking with Toronto both SU and ATS on Tuesday night.
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