Raptors double-digit road favourites at Cleveland for Thursday

Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry (7) battles Cleveland Cavaliers Larry Nance Jr. (22) and his teammate Matthew Dellavedova (18) for control of the ball during second half NBA basketball action. (Hans Deryk/CP)

The Toronto Raptors will be looking to continue their winning streak when they visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday as heavy 10-point road favourites on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto is coming off a decisive 130-114 victory over Atlanta on Tuesday and now rides a season-high eight-game straight-up winning streak into Thursday night’s matchup at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

The Raptors now enjoy sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference, and sit 1.5 games up on second-place Boston atop the Atlantic Division standings. The team’s steady play has not been overlooked on the NBA betting futures, where they have moved past the Celtics and now sit as +140 favourites to claim a third straight divisional title. However, they continue to lag as a +900 wager to repeat as Eastern Conference champions.

Toronto has also been a steady bet during its current 8-0 SU run. After covering as 13-point home chalk in Tuesday’s win over the Hawks, the Raptors have now recorded against the spread victories in six of their last eight outings. Toronto has also won outright in nine straight regular-season road contests while favoured by 10 or more points. But the club has produced mixed results at the sportsbooks, going 5-4 ATS during that stretch, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

The Raptors have also been steady performers overall on the road, posting SU wins in seven straight games away from Scotiabank Arena. High scores have been common of late when the Raptors play on the road, as Toronto has averaged 119.3 points per game during its current 7-0 SU run on the road. However, the team also allowed over 110 points per game during that stretch, producing a 6-1 run for the OVER in totals betting, but an uneven 4-3 ATS record.

The Cavaliers continue their current four-game homestand searching for answers. Cleveland is coming off a 125-111 loss to New Orleans as a 9-point home underdog at sports betting sites, extending their SU losing streak on home hardwood to eight games and dumping their NBA-worst SU home record to 6-18.

Overall, the Cavaliers have fallen to defeat by double-digit margins on six occasions during their current 1-8 SU run. And after surrendering 118.9 points per game during their slide, the Cavaliers saw the OVER prevail seven times during that stretch.

The Raptors have also dominated the Cavaliers over the past two seasons, going 5-1 SU over their past six meetings, but dropped a 126-101 decision as 8.5-point chalk in their last visit to Cleveland in March 2019.

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