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NBA Playoff Preview: Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers have swept through both of their playoff series and have looked very impressive in doing it. Against the Atlanta Hawks they reached new levels when it came to long-range shooting, and they are absolutely fearsome as an offensive machine at the moment. On Tuesday night they will begin their quest for second consecutive Eastern Conference championship when they play host to the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the East finals, set to get underway at 8:35 PM ET at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have swept through both of their playoff series and have looked very impressive in doing it. Against the Atlanta Hawks they reached new levels when it came to long-range shooting, and they are absolutely fearsome as an offensive machine at the moment. On Tuesday night they will begin their quest for second consecutive Eastern Conference championship when they play host to the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the East finals, set to get underway at 8:35 PM ET at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. BetAnySports customers can get reduced juice wagering before the game starts, and after the opening whistle, they can stay involved in the action, as they partake in what is available from the state-of-the-art software of Live Betting Ultra.

In the regular season, Toronto captured two of the three meetings, and the pace was super-slow, at 89.6 possessions per 48 minutes. But there was some pretty proficient shooting going on. For example, the Cavaliers hit 50% of their three-pointers against the Raptors, while Toronto had 50% overall from the floor. Admittedly, these teams have taken somewhat different directions when it comes to accuracy in the post-season. Cleveland has really gone overboard when it comes to triples, hitting 46.2% of them during the playoffs. Kyrie Irving and JR Smith are both over 50%, and a lot of this opens up things in the half-court for Lebron James, who has averaged 13.3 points in the paint, which is better than any other player thus far in the playoffs.

In the NBA playoff betting odds posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, Cleveland is a big favorite in this opening game:

Cleveland Cavaliers -11

Toronto Raptors +11

Over 201 points -110

Under 201 points -110

Kyle Lowry and Demar DeRozan, the All-Star backcourt for Toronto, have been cold, both hitting under 32% against Indiana in the opening round. Neither of them was able to crack 40% overall during the series against Miami. However, both players had their moments, and one thing you can expect is that they will both attack the hoop. When Cleveland has a lineup with Kevin Love playing the pivot, they are very vulnerable, as opponents have hit 69.2% of their shots with him protecting the rim.

On the other hand, Toronto will have to be very wary when they defend their own basket. Tristan Thompson is one of the better offensive rebounders in the business, and he has grabbed 18.9% of his chances in the post-season; nobody has done that better. BetAnySports patrons know that Toronto did not have to worry about such a thing all that much against Miami, especially when Hassan Whiteside went down with his knee injury. However, they do have a player who grabbed 33.2% of available defensive rebounds – Bismack Biyombo, who had to come in place of Jonas Valanciunas, who went down with an ankle injury and is still not ready to play. Biyombo was a 65% shooter from the field, with 10 blocked shots, and he is adequate at the very least in the middle.

One other thing that is worth noting is that, as a team, Toronto has shot lower than 45% from the field in 13 of its last 15 games. And they have had assists on only 45% of their baskets throughout the playoffs. Compare that to the 65% of assisted baskets on the part of Cleveland in the series against Atlanta.

The money line on Tuesday night has Cleveland as a -860 favorite, with Toronto at +580 at BetAnySports, you can get reduced juice on your NBA playoff betting action, with the chance to keep it going all night long with Live Betting Ultra. Also keep in mind that you can deposit in a number of different ways, including your Visa card, a person-to-person transfer or the virtual currency of Bitcoin!

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