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Stumbling Cavaliers Return Home as Heavy Game 5 Betting Favorites

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will be looking to stay undefeated at home during this year’s playoffs when they play host to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals as 10.5-point favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Cleveland won six straight at home during a 10-0 start the postseason, but return home for Wednesday night’s Raptors vs. Cavaliers betting matchup at Quicken Loans Arena following straight up and against the spread losses in Games 3 and 4 in Toronto, evening the series at two games apiece.

The losses, both while favored by six points, marks a major reversal in fortune for Cleveland after they dominated at home in Games 1 and 2, blowing out the Raptors by a combined 50 points.

But the Cavaliers encountered a much different Raptors team north of the border, extending their current SU losing streak at the Air Canada Centre to four games and putting added pressure on LeBron James and company to reclaim the lead in the series before returning to Toronto for Game 6 on Friday night.

With every victory in the postseason setting a new franchise best, the Raptors rose to the occasion on home court, defying oddsmakers who had dropped them to +1600 on the NBA series prices after taking a 108-89 beating in Game 2.

The win also lifts them to 4-3 SU against Cleveland this season, according to the OddsShark NBA Database, and to +600 on the NBA series prices, but the Raptors still have a mountain to climb to earn their first-ever berth in the NBA Finals.

The Raptors are winless SU in their past four visits to Cleveland, which remains -1000 chalk on the series prices, and have recorded just one all-time road victory against a Cavaliers squad featuring James, a 110-93 rout as 3-point underdogs back in November 2014.

On Thursday night, the scene for the Western Conference Finals shifts back to Oakland’s Oracle Arena, where the Oklahoma City Thunder look to advance to the NBA Finals with a win over the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

The Thunder seized a 3-1 stranglehold lead in the series with a 118-94 blowout win on Tuesday night, easily covering as 1.5-point underdogs and rising to 3-1 SU and ATS as underdogs in this postseason.

Oklahoma City has now tallied consecutive wins against the Warriors for the first time in 11 meetings dating back to January 2014, while Golden State has now lost consecutive SU decisions for the first time this season and faces losing three in a row for the first time since November 2013.

NBA Christmas Day Slate has Warriors, Spurs Among Odds Favorites

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Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors typically manage to cover when they face a close line on the road. The Warriors are listed as 3.5-point favorites on the NBA betting lines against the Cleveland Cavaliers for their Christmas Day matchup, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Warriors are finding their peak form and are 14-2 straight-up and 7-8-1 against the spread on the road this season. The smallest line in any of the ATS losses, though, was 8.5 points.

The main matchup will be Durant against LeBron James, who has helped Cleveland forge a home record of 15-2 SU and 10-6-1 ATS. The Cavaliers are trying to replace injured SG J.R. Smith (right thumb surgery). Star forward Kevin Love (left knee bruise) also has an injury issue, but only had to play 25 minutes during a blowout win on Friday.

The Christmas Day slate begins with the New York Knicks hosting the Boston Celtics in a pick’em contest. The key matchup will be at point guard – the Knicks’ Derrick Rose and the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas. Boston is 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS in its last 10 road games and has found a rhythm since C Al Horford returned from injury.

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (right knee contusion) could have his minutes closely monitored to avoid aggravating his injury.

The San Antonio Spurs are favored by 7.5 points against the Chicago Bulls in a matchup headlined by two elite small forwards, the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard and the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler. It is tough to go against San Antonio being 14-0 SU and 11-3 ATS in December home games over the last two seasons, particularly with Chicago’s erratic perimeter shooting.

The Bulls are 4-6 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games as a road underdog, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are favored by 4.5 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Thunder PG Russell Westbrook is carrying his team which has been inconsistent at home, going 9-6 SU and 8-7 ATS this season.

Minnesota has plenty of promise in C Karl-Anthony Towns and SF Andrew Wiggins, but awful defense has kept them from getting into the playoff picture. The Timberwolves are 1-9 SU and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 road games against the Thunder.

And the availability of Chris Paul (hamstring) will weigh heavily on the lines for the Christmas nightcap between the Los Angeles Lakers and Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers are also without PF Blake Griffin (minor knee surgery), but D’Angelo Russell and the young Lakers are struggling at 0-4 SU and ATS in their last four divisional games.

The Clippers are 10-0 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games as the favorite against the Lakers.

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Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers (11-2) look to stay hot when they host Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls (8-4). The Clippers extended the best start in franchise history with a 121-115 road victory at the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

The Bulls, riding a four-game winning streak, will play the third of six consecutive games on the road during their annual circus trip. Butler has poured in 20 or more points in a career-high six straight games and has recorded a 20+ point, 10+ rebound performance in back-to-back contests.

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When: 10:30 PM ET

Broadcast Network: NBATV

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