The NBA has given Raptors fans a big game so early in the season. Both teams will have an early test just one game into the season. Today’s game will be aired on ESPN.
The Cleveland Cavaliers blew out the New York Knicks on Ring Night. The Cleveland Cavaliers scored 117 points, while allowing 88 to the Knicks. Kyrie Irving had 29 points, Kevin Love had a double double and LeBron finished with a triple double. The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to start 2-0 for the first time in almost 10 years.
The Toronto Raptors played their first game of the season at home. They beat the Detroit Pistons 109-91. DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points and Jonas Valanciunas had a huge double double. He scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The Raptors have gone 2-0 in their last 2 seasons. They look to make it a third.
In their last 5 meetings at the Air Canada Centre, the Raptors are 4-1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Raptors and Cavaliers almost have identical average scores in those 5 games. The Raptors averaged 98.6 and the Cavaliers averaged 98.4. This tells us that today’s game will be tight.
Lineup for the Toronto Raptors
PG Kyle Lowry, SG DeMar DeRozan, SF DeMarre Carroll, PF Pascal Siakam, C Jonas Valanciunas
Lineup for the Cleveland Cavaliers
PG Kyrie Irving, SG J.R Smith SF LeBron James, PF Kevin Love, C Tristan Thompson
Winning at the Air Canada Centre is a tough task for any team. The arena is always packed and the fans are loud. The Raptors also play a lot better there too. The home team has won 8 of the last 10. The Raptors are the only legitimate threat to the Cavaliers in the East because of their depth and experience. This is a big game for both teams. Whoever wins this game will make an early statement to start the season.
Predicting who will win this game is no easy task because it can literally go either way. The Cavaliers are favored by 2 on the road. It will be a close game, but, I’m going to take the Raptors at home. The home team has won 80% of the time. It will be a fun game to watch.
Prediction: Raptors win 100-98