Toronto (7-2) at Cleveland (8-1)
When: Tuesday, November 15th 2016
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: NBA TV
The top two teams in the Eastern Conference will meet for the second time this season when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. Cleveland got the better of Toronto on October 28th, 94-91, but DeMar DeRozan put up 32 points in that game and leads the NBA with a 34.0 point scoring average. DeRozan scored 33 points in Saturday’s 118-107 win over the New York Knicks with only one three-point attempt and is only averaging 1.6 3-point attempts per game, but still dominates by knocking down midrange jumpers and shooting an average of 10 free throws at an 81.1% rate. DeRozan got some help on Saturday from fellow guard Norman Powell, who started and played a season-high 29 minutes while scoring 19 points. The Raptors are averaging 114.3 points during a current three-game winning streak and lead the Atlantic Division by two games over the Boston Celtics. Center Lucas Nogueira is red-hot right now, shooting 15-of-17 from the floor in the last four games.
The Cavaliers are off to another fast start this season and are pouring it in from three-point range. They set an NBA record by making double-digit 3-pointers in nine straight games to begin the season when they hit 14 in Sunday’s 100-93 win over Charlotte. Cleveland makes an average of 13.2 3-pointers a game while connecting on 37.1% of their attempts. The Cavs are third in the league in scoring average (109.4) and have exceeded 100 points in their last seven games (6-1). Five players recorded double-figures against the Hornets on Sunday with reserve Channing Frye leading the way with 20. Kevin Love had a big game with 17 points and 11 rebounds and has recorded four straight double-doubles. Shooting guard J.R. Smith sat out Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and is questionable for Tuesday. Cleveland, who has played six of their first nine games at home, will get four of the next five at Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland definitely has Toronto’s number right now and will continue to have it for years to come. Toronto will get the occasional win here and there, but not in Cleveland and not tonight. I think the Cavs roll with another three-point barrage.
Pick: Cavaliers -5.5