Raptors vs Cavaliers: Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals

Published May 25, 2016 by Sol FH

Raptors vs Cavaliers: Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals

The Eastern Conference Finals are tied 2-2 and crucial Game 5 at the Q Arena tonight at 1:00 GMT.

The Cavaliers thought they would sweep their way into the NBA Finals, without much trouble from their opposition. Well, that has was the case until they met the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors are giving the Cavs a lot to think about after winning two games in a row at Air Canada Centre, but with the series heading back to Cleveland for tonight’s game, can the Canadian franchise hold on.

The Raptors have been playing incredible basketball over the last two games. Led by Kyle Lowry with 35 points in Game 4 and a superstar performance by DeMar DeRozan whom finished with 32. The biggest difference in the Cavs’ play has been their significant faults on defense, and even the critics all say that Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are being destroyed by the Raptors offense. LeBron James only scored 29 points in Game 4, which is not the big games that Cavs fans are used to. They will need to turn many things around for Game 5, but it should be a Cavs win at home tonight.

The Cavs rallied in the second half but the fierce performance by the Raptors left their effort too little, too late. The Cavs are not a come-from-behind team and they are definitely used to leading for the entirety of the game, but this is the Conference Finals and if they want to advance to the NBA Finals, they will need to improve their efforts tonight.

Prediction

This game may be close, but the Cavaliers will win it. Expect a score of 103-97 in favor of the Cavs tonight.

NBA Conference Finals Betting

Punters have some incredible betting opportunities to take advantage of at bet365 Sports. In addition to a long list of pre-game bets and odds, bet365 is offering live streaming for registered members and live in play bets for a truly interactive gambling experience. The Cavs are serious favorites tonight at 1.12, while the Raptors are still way back in the underdog seat at 6.50. If I didn’t think the Cavs were going to win I would say to put it all on Toronto. 

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See also

NBA Conference Semifinals: Game Preview and Betting Odds

NBA Playoffs Round 1 Action: NBA Betting Odds and Game 1 Roundup


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