Free NBA Picks Today: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors 2/26/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors 2/26/23
Sun 26th February 2023

The Toronto Raptors (30-31, 11-18 Away) will try to slow down one of the league’s top shooting teams when they are on the road to face the Cleveland Cavaliers (38-25, 25-7 Home) on Sunday. Toronto is playing on back-to-back days after defeating the Detroit Pistons 95-91 at Little Caesars Arena yesterday, their fourth win in a row.

With 29 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, Pascal Siakam was a top performer. The Raptors are the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland lost their third in a row on Friday at State Farm Arena, falling to the Atlanta Hawks 136-119. Darius Garland had 33 points in defeat to lead the team.

The Cavaliers are fourth in the Eastern Conference. This marks the final meeting of the season between the teams. After taking all three of the earlier season games against Cleveland, the most recent of which was a 118-107 victory at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in December 2022, their fourth straight head-to-head victory, Toronto will be seeking a season sweep.

Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby led the Raptors with 26 points apiece, while Scottie Barnes played a key role with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Garland had 17 points in defeat. Siakam is averaging 25.3 points per game to lead the Raptors in scoring this season. Siakam also has grabbed 7.7 rebounds per game.

Meanwhile, Fred VanVleet is dishing 6.6 assists. Donovan Mitchell has powered the Cavs’ offense, averaging 27.0 points per game. He ranks as the ninth-highest scorer in the league. Garland is recording 7.8 assists per game, sixth-most in the NBA, and Jarrett Allen is averaging 9.9 rebounds per game.

Shooting 48.8% from the field, the Cavaliers are one of the most accurate field goal shooting teams in the NBA (5th). The Raptors are 4-6 in their last 10 trips to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Toronto has won three straight away from home this season.

Meanwhile, the Raptors are 4-5 this season when playing the second of a back-to-back and 3-2 in such games against opponents with at least a day of rest. The Cavaliers are 5-4 with a rest advantage. In the last 10 games, Toronto is 7-3 with an average margin of +2.6 (113.7-111.1). Cleveland has also gone 7-3 over the last 10, scoring 114.9 points per game on average while allowing 106.6 (+8.3 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
OG Anunoby: 15.5 | 24.0 | -8.5
Points per game:
OG Anunoby: 9.0 | 16.6 | -7.6
Rebounds per game:
Pascal Siakam: 5.2 | 7.7 | -2.5
Assists per game:
Fred VanVleet: 9.0 | 6.6 | +2.4


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Caris LeVert: 9.8 | 19.5 | -9.7
Points per game:
Caris LeVert: 3.2 | 11.7 | -8.5
Assists per game:
Darius Garland: 5.4 | 7.8 | -2.4

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Cleveland Cavs (-275)

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