Cleveland Cavaliers (8-24) vs Toronto Raptors (24-9) Live | NBA Basketball on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm in Scotiabank Arena.
The Toronto Raptors hope to beat Cleveland Cavaliers for the third time this season by hosting the Cavaliers on Friday. The Raptors still have the best record in the NBA but have lost five of their last nine games after an impressive start to a game against 20-4.
Toronto seemed headed for a third straight loss, but it reached 17 points to record a 99-96 victory over Indiana Pacers visitors on Wednesday. The only escort Fred VanVleet matched the pointer to 3 with 26.4 seconds to play on a night during which he only managed 4 shots of 17. Cleveland divided the first two games of a trip from three games: winner on Tuesday in Indiana, losing to Charlotte on Wednesday, and losing 10 of its last 14 games. Supporting backup goalkeeper Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points in the 110-99 Hornets loss and averaged 22.3 points in four appearances.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors: Odds Line
The Line: Toronto Raptors -12.5 — Over/Under: 206
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors: News
THE CAVALIERS (8-24):
Rookie leader Collin Sexton struggled to score 11 points on 5 shots on Wednesday, 16 as he outscored by star Charlotte Kemba Walker (30 points). Coach Larry Drew was not focused on the mediocre shots, but on how Sexton did nothing to help the team on a night when his shot did not go down. “A good game against a bad one should not be based on your points, the number of points you win or the number of shots you win,” Drew told reporters. “You have to do the other things for the game affected, and this is an area that you need to grow in. He has speed, he’s fast and every night he will not be a scorer.”
THE RAPTORS (24-9):
Leader Kyle Lowry (thigh) will miss his fourth straight game, which will give another opportunity for VanVleet, who said he did not lose confidence when he was 11 years old. His first 12 shots. Against the Pacers. “If you do not want me to shoot, then I’ll be in the bank,” VanVleet told reporters. Striker Serge Ibaka (knee) retired from Indiana and judged questionable against Cleveland, which could mean a new start for Pascal Siakam, who accumulated 17 points, seven rebounds and three interceptions against the Pacers.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors: Betting Line
- SF Kawhi Leonard averaged 29 points and 11 rebounds, while the Raptors won the first two games of the season with an average of 11.5 points.
- Cleveland G Matthew Dellavedova (knee) could miss his second consecutive game.
- Toronto player Norman Powell (shoulder) returned from an absence of 21 games to score two points in 15 minutes against Indiana.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors: Prediction
Raptors 113, Riders 105.