NBA Playoffs Vegas Online Sports Betting & Predictions Monday May 7th, 2018
Cleveland Looks To Complete Sweep of Toronto on Monday
If you’re counting at home, two years ago the Cavaliers beat the Raptors in five games in the Eastern Conference final and then last year in the Semifinals they swept them. Now they’ve won three straight in this series, two of which have come in back breaking fashion.
In game one Toronto led most of the way before Cleveland tied it up at the end of regulation and eventually won in overtime 113-112.
Game three was essentially the reverse of game one as it was Cleveland getting off to a great start and building a 15-point lead by the half. Toronto chipped away at it in the third quarter, bringing it back to five points, but Cleveland managed to extend it back to 14 by the time the frame was done.
Not to be deterred, Toronto kept up the pressure in the fourth, partially by benching a mostly ineffective DeMar DeRozan. It took until there was 8.8 seconds left in the game, but they finally tied it on an OG Anunoby three pointer with a chance to force overtime.
We all know what happened next as James made an incredible bank shot over Anunoby for the 105-103 win and now Cleveland has the chance to complete the sweep on Monday.
James finished with 38 points and Love had 21 points and 16 rebounds.
Love rediscovering his game has been such an essential key to Cleveland’s success. It takes immense pressure off of the rest of the team to have that reliable secondary scoring and everyone else can simply do their jobs. He’s now scored 52 points in the last two games after scoring a total of 44 in the previous five.
As for Toronto, their big guns continue to underperform under the bright lights of the playoffs. This time it was DeRozan with just eight points in 28 minutes of play on 3-12 shooting. He had played well in the first two games scoring more than 20 in each of them. What’s consistently plagued Toronto in the playoffs is that they never seem to get all of their players firing on all cylinders for an entire game.
They will need to come together in a big way on Monday if they are to finally break through.
Cleveland is -5.5 point favorites and while a Cavaliers series win seems inevitable, it’s important to realize that two of the wins in this series have been by a total of two points. The Raptors will need to dig deep, but I think they will find a way to win and start to get their mojo back. The Pick: Raptors 115-104.