NBA Betting: East Finals – Game 1: TORONTO RAPTORS at CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (5/17)


East Finals – Game 1

(America’s Bookie Line: Cavs -11, Total 201) — You obviously have to respect the three-point deluge that the Cavaliers have brought upon the Atlanta Hawks and before that, the Detroit Pistons, in the playoffs. They have hit 46.2%, and that has helped open things up or LeBron James, who has more points in the paint then anyone else in this post-season. But remember that Cleveland was just 36.2% in the regular campaign, and you have to wonder whether they can come back from yet another long layoff (eight full days this time) and be super-hot from the field. Toronto is banged-up (Jonas Valanciunas is out again), but the Raptors have overcome bad shooting from their All-Star guards, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, to win two seven-game series. The Cavs are compromised from the standpoint of “rim protection” when they have Kevin Love in there as a center, and these Toronto guards attack the basket as a duo as much as anyone has in this post-season. Keep in mind that even though Cleveland did shoot 50% from the arc in the three meetings against Toronto (highest for them and vs. Toronto against any opponent), the Raptors were also 50% against THEM. Some of these small factors may be just enough to slip inside this very big number, as everyone is piling high on Cleveland.


(All information is for news matter only; All games are graded on a scale of 1-4 stars. Lines are subject to change)