BlackJack’s Plays of the Day: Keep Riding Cavaliers Unders
Here we sit on a Tuesday afternoon, coming off a spectacular overtime win by our Golden Knights last night (at plus money) and looking to a new card filled with new opportunity. A new card filled with new promise. A new card filled with new wins. All sitting right in front of us, just waiting to be claimed. We shall claim them, because those wins are our birthright. They are our lifeblood. They are ours.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors (-6.5)
8 p.m. ET
Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
This is the series that will show us whether Toronto has finally exorcised its Cavaliers playoff demons. The Cavs have bounced the Raptors in the last two seasons. LeBron James and the Cavaliers are coming off a very tough seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers while the Raptors defeated the Wizards in six. The Cavs struggled to score against Indy, hitting nonstop unders in their series. Toronto plays better defense than Indiana does and has a tougher home court as well. The Raptors scored a lot against Washington, but I expect this to be a more deliberate, careful series for the Raptors. In my view, this total is wildly high, and I’ll go with that since Cleveland struggled to go over totals in the range of 199 against the Pacers.
THE PICK: Under 215