- Toronto Raptors home opener features the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, October 19th, 2022
- Toronto are short home favorites in the Cavaliers vs Raptors odds
- Read below for the best NBA betting pick for this Wednesday night matchup at Scotiabank Arena
Two Eastern Conference contenders take the court Wednesday when the Cavs travel up north to face the Raptors. Cleveland is still searching for its first postseason berth without LeBron James in more than 20 seasons, while Toronto and 2022 Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes will look to take the next step in their quest for a championship. On Wednesday night, Toronto are favored in the Cavaliers vs Raptors odds.
Let’s take a look at the Cavaliers vs Raptors odds at PointsBet as we breakdown our best NBA pick for this game.
Cavaliers vs Raptors Odds
|O 214.5 (-110)
|U 214.5 (-105)
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Ontario sports betting markets put the spread at 3.5 in the Cavaliers vs Raptors odds. With the Raptors as the favorites, they would need to win by four to cover the spread. BetMGM offers a number of NBA markets, including player props for all games this Wednesday.
Cavaliers Betting Outlook
To say the Cavaliers won the NBA offseason wouldn’t be an overstatement. Cleveland traded Lauri Markkanen, Collin Sexton, Ochai Agbaji, and picks to the Jazz for All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell while keeping the core of Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley intact. Cleveland’s new starting five (which will include either Caris LeVert or Isaac Okoro) is one of the most talented in the East, and a trip to the playoffs is sure to be in the cards after narrowly missing out last season.
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Cleveland was solid against the spread last season going 43-37-4 overall including 24-18-2 as the underdog and 15-12-1 as the road dog. The Cavs relied on their sound defense more than their scoring, finishing with an over/under record of 36-46-2 overall and 11-17-0 as the road dog.
Cleveland is slated as a road underdogs in the Cavaliers vs Raptors odds.
Toronto Raptors Outlook
Toronto was even more impressive ATS last season, finishing 48-39-1 overall. That included a 27-19-0 record as the favorite and a 17-16-0 as the home favorite. Toronto’s over/under record was 43-45-0 overall and 19-14-0 as the home favorite.
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No team’s starters played more minutes than Toronto’s last season. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet tied for the NBA lead in minutes per game (37.9), while Scottie Barnes finished ninth with 35.4. The entire starting five – including Gary Trent and OG Anunoby – will be back for another run after a 48-34 season and a first-round playoff exit.
The public loves Cleveland in this one, with 82% of the tickets and 45% of the cash on the Cavs moneyline. Cleveland has received 64% of the tickets and 48% of the cash to cover the spread, and the consensus is that this one will go over the 214.5 implied total.
Nearly 70% of the tickets are on the over in the Cavaliers vs Raptors odds, including 83% of the cash. It’s interesting that the majority of the tickets are on Cleveland to win and cover, but the majority of the cash is on the Raptors, meaning some Toronto fans have laid down big wagers.
Cavaliers vs Raptors Pick & Prediction
Cleveland went 3-1 against Toronto straight up last season and covered in all three wins. The addition of Mitchell gives Cleveland one of the best 1-2 punches in the NBA, and it will be difficult for Toronto to contend with the scoring and playmaking of Mitchell and Garland and the stifling defense of Mobley and Allen. Cleveland is the better team, and they’ll prove that Wednesday with a victory.
Take Cleveland outright in the Cavaliers vs Raptors odds at +125 at BetMGM.
Ohio online sports betting markets are coming soon to bettors. Cavs bettors will be placing wagers on their team come 2023.
Pick: Cavaliers ML (+125)
Darius Garland broke out last season and earned his first All-Star selection behind robust averages of 21.7 points and 8.6 assists. Now that he’s paired with Mitchell in the backcourt, many are expecting him to fall off, but we can’t erase last season’s production.
Garland may take a step back in usage, but he’s still an elite scorer and facilitator with an All-Star teammate to feed. Garland’s assist prop is set at just 7.5 in the Cavaliers vs Raptors odds, more than one dime below last season’s average. He dished at least eight in all four matchups with Toronto last season, and I expect him to do it again in this one.
Pick: Garland o7.5 assists (-130)