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“The Cleveland Cavaliers open their series against the Toronto Raptors tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. Of course, Cleveland is a big favourite of the series. They have a nearly unstoppable trio of superstars in James, Irving, and Love to assure smooth offence for most of the time, and they have been incredible efficient from beyond the arc in these playoffs, especially in the sweep over the Hawks with 77 three pointers made in four games. On top of that, Cleveland can be very good defensively, especially in the final quarters of their games, leading the league with the fewest amount of points allowed in fourth quarters. Finally, Cleveland is yet to lose in the postseason after sweeping Detroit and Atlanta in the first two Conference series. These are really inspiring facts, especially getting on the Toronto Raptors that are likely to play without star center forward Valanciunas for the rest of the series as the Lithuanian forward got seriously injured in Game 3 against the Miami Heat. Unlike the Cavs, the Raptors have not been so much inspiring in their series, needing all seven games to get past the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat. I am very afraid for Toronto in this series, to be honest. With Valanciunas absent, Toronto is in particular need to have their scoring leaders Lowry and DeRozan highly efficient in this series, which is unlikely to be a case. DeRozan will find it very hard to be effective on offence playing against James, while Lowry will also have a tough time guarded by Irving or Dellavedova. If the Toronto leaders don’t find their rhythm, I just can’t envision how Toronto can be effective offensively in this series. I think they will struggle to score, and they can struggle badly. In general, away from home Toronto has been very poor offensively in this year’s playoffs. The Cavaliers should not have so much struggle with all their stars in great shape, but they haven’t played a playoff game since the 8th of May when they closed up the series against Atlanta. After so many days of rest it might be hard for the hosts to keep shooting as well as they did against Atlanta, but their defence should be well prepared to handle the highly predictable offence of Toronto. For the series opener at least, I think there’s some wonderful value in testing Lady Luck with unders on the total.”