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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NBA : Possible Playoff Series Preview with Cavaliers-Raptors Showdown

Wednesday is the last day in the NBA’s regular season. At 8 PM ET, the Toronto Raptors will visit the Cleveland Cavaliers in what could be a playoff series preview.

The Raptors are known for their offense, which is led by SG DeMar DeRozan and PG Kyle Lowry, but it’s their defense that might take them deep into the playoffs. Toronto is seventh in points allowed and tied for fifth in opposing field-goal percentage.

The Cavaliers are fourth in points scored. SF LeBron James is having another massive season. PG Kyrie Irving is suffering from a sore knee but looks ready to return when he’s needed, and PF Kevin Love and SG JR Smith are coming back from injuries. But Cleveland’s defense has struggled at times this season. The Cavaliers are 20th in points allowed, and tied for 14th in opposing field-goal percentage. That was evident on Sunday, when the Cavaliers blew a 26-point fourth-quarter lead to the Atlanta Hawks.

Cleveland has had the upper hand in their rivalry against the Raptors as of late. They’re 7-3 SU, with five straight wins, and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 meetings with Toronto.

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NBA Odds: Cavaliers Go for Season Sweep Over Raptors on Wednesday

In last season’s Eastern Conference finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors in six games. Since then, they’ve won all three regular season meetings going into Wednesday’s finale in Cleveland.

SG DeMar DeRozan and PG Kyle Lowry have combined for almost 53 points per game in the last three meetings with the Cavaliers, but no other current Raptor has averaged double digits.
Meanwhile, LeBron James continues to dominate for the Cavaliers, averaging over 27 points in three wins, along with 9.7 assists and 8.3 rebounds. Kyrie Irving has averaged almost 25 a game in these three wins as well.

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