The Toronto Raptors will be taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals after the Raptors beat Miami Heat on Sunday’s Game 7 NBA Playoff series in Toronto. The Raptors were expected to advance over the injury-depleted Heat.
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The Canadian NBA team advances the Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history and are the better team to challenge the defending Eastern champions Cleveland Cavaliers. The Raptors dynamic duo Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan carry the load for the team in scoring 35 and 28 respectively.
Cavaliers vs Raptors Prediction:
Both Lowry and DeRozan are expected to play their best against Cleveland’s Big 3 – Lebron James, Kyle Irving and Kevin Love which are playing their highest level right now. In the Raptors vs Cavaliers head-to-head regular season games, Toronto surprisingly has the edge 2-1. In their last meeting last February, Lowry finished with a career-best 43 points to help Cleveland 99-97. Lebron has a chance to win it but missed the 3-pointer.
However, NBA playoff is different level and the way the Cavaliers were playing in the highest level in the playoffs by sweeping Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks in the previous two rounds. The Cavaliers are shooting very well especially at beyond the arc. In Game 2 against the Hawks, the Cavs unloads 3-point barrage up to 25 – an NBA single-game record.
The Cavs also became the first team to make 15-plus 3-pointers in four consecutive playoff games. With their long lay off, a possible rust are to be seen when they host the Raptors on Tuesday’s Game 1 on Eastern Conference Finals. But the Cavaliers are are heavily favored to win the series. Cavs in 5.
Here’s NBA Playoff schedule:
Game 1 Tuesday, May 17 Toronto vs Cleveland 8:30 p.m. ET
Game 2 Thursday, May 19 Toronto vs Cleveland 8:30 p.m. ET
Game 3 Saturday, May 21 Cleveland vs Toronto 8:30 p.m. ET
Game 4 Monday, May 23 Cleveland vs Toronto 8:30 p.m. ET
Game 5* Wednesday, May 25 Toronto vs Cleveland 8:30 p.m. ET
Game 6* Friday, May 27 Cleveland vs Toronto 8:30 p.m. ET
Game 7* Sunday, May 29 Toronto vs Cleveland 8:30 p.m. ET