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.