Cavaliers vs. Raptors Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for December 23 (Toronto's Luck Against Cleveland Runs Out)

Devon Platana
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Nick Cammett

Cavaliers vs. Raptors Game Info

  • Date: Friday, December 23, 2022
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse -- Cleveland, Ohio
  • Coverage: BSOH and TSN

Fourteen matchups are on the NBA's Friday, Dec. 23 schedule, including a clash between the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-11) and Toronto Raptors (14-18) at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

The Cavaliers are one of the hottest teams in the Association, rattling off their fifth straight win with a 114-106 effort against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Raptors managed to end their losing skid at six games with a 113-106 road win over the New York Knicks two nights ago.

Can Cleveland extend its winning streak to six games tonight? Or will Toronto figure out a way to snag a rare road victory?

Cavaliers vs. Raptors Odds & Spread

Cavaliers vs Raptors Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Cavaliers -4.5 - - - - - -196 164
  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: TOR: (+158) | CLE: (-188)
  • Spread: TOR: +4.5 (-110) | CLE: -4.5 (-110)
  • Total: 215 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Cavaliers enter this contest as clear home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 215 points, which is the lowest of Friday's projected totals.

Cavaliers vs. Raptors Betting Trends

  • The Cavaliers went 41-36-5 ATS last season.
  • The Raptors went 9-7 as underdogs of 4.5 points or more last year.
  • The Cavaliers and their opponents combined to go over the point total 37 out of 82 times last season.
  • Out of 82 Raptors games last year, 41 went over the total.

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Cavaliers vs. Raptors Prediction & Pick

Even though the Raptors have had their struggles, the Cavaliers are one of the teams that they've succeeded against. Toronto is 2-0 against Cleveland this season, outscoring the Cavs by an average of 7.5 points.

Keeping that in mind, those games were north of the border, whereas this game is in Cleveland. The Raptors have been putrid on the road, going 4-12 straight up while averaging 109.4 points (seventh-worst) on 44.4% shooting (fourth-worst).

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have won 12 of their last 13 home games, holding opponents to below 100 points in six of those contests. Cleveland's plus-10.2 scoring margin at home is also third-best in the NBA, so don't be surprised if the Cavaliers create noticeable separation from the Raptors.

Given how poorly the Raptors have performed on the road this year, I'm going with the Cavaliers tonight.

Final Score Prediction: Cavaliers: 112 | Raptors: 104

Cavaliers vs. Raptors Best Bet

I'm turning to the Cavaliers on the spread when it comes to the best bets. The Raptors just can't be trusted to keep things close, failing to cover the spread in five of their last seven games. They're also just 7-9 against the spread (ATS) on the road this season, whereas the Cavs are 12-4-2 ATS at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

Furthermore, Cleveland is also 7-1 ATS in its last eight home games against Toronto. With the Cavaliers boasting a plus-10.8 scoring margin in those outings, I don't see why they can't cover again tonight.

Bet: Cavaliers -4.5 (-110)

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