Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers February 26 Betting Preview

Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers February 26 Betting Preview

Ryan Knuppel
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On February 26th at 6:00 p.m, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors will battle it out at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for an Eastern Conference matchup. The Cavaliers currently have secured the fourth slot in the Eastern Conference standings with a 38-25 record, while the Raptors currently own the ninth spot with a 30-31 record.

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Raptors Playing Competitive Basketball

Don’t look now, but the Toronto Raptors have won seven of their last eight games after another strong outing this weekend. They will look to maintain the momentum after defeating the Pistons 95-91 and will play the second game of a back-to-back against the Cavaliers.  

Toronto isn’t the most offensive team in the league, as they come into this matchup ranked 21st overall in scoring (113.4) and rank 18th in rebounding (42.9). They are led by OG Anunoby (16.8ppg), Fred VanVleet (19.7 points, 6.6 assists), and Scottie Barnes (15.6 points, 7.1 rebounds) 

The Raptors have made a huge jump in the second half thanks to their strong defense that ranks 10th in scoring defense (112.4). The Raptors have held opponents to just 100.5ppg after the All-Star break while covering the spread in two of their last three games. 

Cavaliers Looking To Break Losing Skid

In their last game before the All-Star break, Cleveland put together a seven-game winning streak before losing to the Sixers. At 38-23, they were just five games behind the Celtics for the first overall spot in the East. 

Be that as it may, the Cavs have gotten off to a horrific start losing their first two games in the second half. In the second game of a back-to-back on Friday night, Cleveland was defeated 136-119 on the road by Atlanta, failing to cover as a one-point underdog. 

With one of the most balanced teams in the entire NBA, the Cavaliers are still looking to do damage, and they’ll look to bounce back against a tough Raptors team. The Cavaliers have the best defense in the league, allowing just 106.1 points per game, and they’ll need to show up at home in this one. 

Odds And Lines

The spread for this matchup is set at seven points (-110), with the Cavaliers as the favorites. As for the moneyline, the Cavaliers have -286 odds to pick up the win at home, while the Raptors are listed at +230 as road underdogs


The Cavaliers should be able to bounce back and grab a win against the Raptors in this one. Despite winning seven of their last eight games, the Raptors have been terrible on the road this year, going just 11-18 away from Toronto.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have unusually lost three straight contests, and J. B. Bickerstaff will surely get his guys going at home. While I believe the Cavaliers ultimately win in this one, the Raptors should be able to keep this close. 

Toronto has played competitive basketball lately, while the Cavaliers have failed to cover in four straight contests. 

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