The NBA has a small slate of five games tonight. Still, there are a couple of intriguing games along with one contest that has major playoff implications. The Cleveland Cavaliers at the Toronto Raptors is arguably most important game on the docket as the teams are within one game of each other. The Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Buck and the Denver Nuggets also have important games in terms of playoff seeding.
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Raptors Moneyline (-170) Over Cavaliers
This is a very important game for both squads, as they are within a game of each other in the Eastern Conference standings. The Cavaliers (41-31) sit in sixth in the Eastern Conference, while the Raptors (40-32) are right behind them in the dreaded seventh spot.
Cleveland is 4-4 over there last eight games though they have kind of struggled with Jarrett Allen out. The Cavaliers defense has taken the biggest hit over the last 10 games, particularly up front. The Cavs have given up an average of 11 more points over their last eight games then their season average. Their opponents are shooting 49.5% from the field over this stretch, which is up from the season average of 45%. Additionally, only one of the Cavs recent victories has been against a solid team like Toronto.
The Raptors have played well recently, winning six of their last eight. The Raptors haven’t shot the ball particularly well, but they have been monsters on the offensive glass. They also have been fairly strong on the defensive end. More importantly, they have a huge advantage in the front court and O.G. Anunoby along with Gary Trent Jr. (toe) may not play for the second straight game. OddsShopper gives Toronto a 68% chance of winning the game.
Pelicans Moneyline (+100) Over Bulls
This is an important game for both squads as each team is fighting for playoff position.
New Orleans is one of four teams vying for the last two spots in the Western Conference’s play-in tournament. The Pelicans sit in tenth place, but they are just a half game in back of the Lakers and 1.5 games ahead of the Spurs. They are 3-5 over their last eight games, however, there struggles hasn’t been on the offensive end where they averaged 115 points on nearly 48% shooting from the field. C.J. McCollum and Jonas Valanciunas has played well lately . Plus, Brandon Ingram (hamstring) could be able to go after several games in the shelf.
Chicago also needs a victory as they try to stay out of the play-in tournament. The Bulls were hammered by the Bucks the last time out and have lost four of five. They have not been good on the road this season, having lost six of their last seven away from home. Plus, DeMar DeRozan (left abductor) has been ruled out though Zach LaVine is expected to play. OddsShopper gives the Pelicans a 59% chance of winning.
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