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NBA Pick: John Martin betting the ‘Under’ in the Cavs vs. Raptors game on May 7th 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors
Over-Under Pick: Under 213 points -110 odds (May 7th 2017)

We saw a much lower scoring Game 3 with Kyle Lowry out for the Raptors.  The Cavs pulled away in the 4th quarter for a 115-94 victory and 209 combined points.  I think Game 4 stays well UNDER this 213-point total as well with Lowry out once again.  The Raptors are forced to try and slow the tempo to give themselves their best chance to win against the Cavs.  It worked for three quarters in Game 3.  I think they’ll employ the same strategy in Game 4 and try and get the ball inside to Jonas Valanciunas, who has had success when given the opportunity in this series.  The UNDER is 8-1 in Cavaliers last nine road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.  The UNDER is 81-37-3 in Cavaliers last 121 Sunday games.  The UNDER is 21-6 in the last 27 meetings in Toronto.

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NBA Playoffs: Ness betting the Bucks -1 point over the Raptors on April 27th 2017

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors
NBA Playoffs Pick: Milwaukee -1 (April 27th 2017)

Postseason success hasn’t exactly been a hallmark of the Toronto Raptors but for that matter, the Bucks haven’t won a playoff series 2001. Toronto played its best game of the series on Monday, winning 118-93 to seize a 3-2 series advantage.Going to a three-guard lineup didn’t seem like much of a big deal in Game 4 (Toronto scored just 87 points in an 11-point win) but in Game 5, Norman Powell erupted for 25 points, while the team’s regular starting backcourt of DeRozan (18) and Lowry (16) combined for 34 points.

“You can talk about it but you’ve got to go out there and you’ve got to play. You’ve got to know how it feels to get your (expletive) kicked, right? And that’s what happened (Monday),” head coach Jason Kidd told reporters. “Being a young team, we were in that position in Game 3 (winning big). We have to understand what took place so we know what we have to do come Game 6.” Milwaukee is looking to overcome a recent history of embarrassing Game 6 failures at home, which includes a 120-66 loss to Chicago in 2014 and an 83-69 setback against Atlanta in 2010.

Click here for check out Brandon Shively’s Over-Under pick for this game.

Here’s the rub. The Bucks have to win to avoid losing their eighth consecutive playoff series (dating back to 2001). However, Toronto is 0-3 under Dwane Casey when it has had the chance to end a series in six games. Nothing changes here. It was Toronto’s ‘day’ in Game 5 and its Milwaukee’s turn to ‘shine’ here in Game 6. Take the home team.

Mavericks vs. Raptors NBA Spread Pick from Larry Ness: March 25th 2017

Dallas Mavericks vs. Toronto Raptors
NBA Pick: Toronto +2 (March 25th 2017)

The Raptors are surviving just fine without PG Kyle Lowry (22.8-4.8-6.9). They enter Saturday’s game in Dallas on a four-game winning streak and are now 10-5 since Lowry was sidelined with a wrist injury. DeMar DeRozan (27.2-5.4-3.8) has back-to-back 40-point games, including exactly 40 when the Raptors rallied from 15 points down to beat Miami 101-84 on Thursday. More good news for tonight is that power forward Serge Ibaka will return to the lineup Saturday following a one-game suspension for a fight with Chicago’s Robin Lopez on Tuesday. Ibaka has averaged 14.4 & 6.45 in 14 games with Toronto, since being acquired from the Magic.

The Mavs’ playoff hopes are fading, as they are currently 3 1/2 games out of the West’s final playoff spot. They are halfway through a tough four-game homestand in which they ahve already played the Warruors and Clippers (1-1) and still have the Raptors and Thunder. After wrapping against OKC on Monday, Dallas is headed out on a five-game road trip. It seems as if head coach Rick Carlisle is staring to transition into more of a experimentation mode. Nerlens Noel had eight points and 12 rebounds on Thursday, making a rare start. The former 76er  just may be stating a case though, as he’s averaged 13.8 points on 63.4 percent shooting and 8.9 rebounds in nine starts this season between Philadelphia and Dallas.

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Toronto has opened a sizeable lead over the fifth-seed in the East (six games) and now takes aim at Washington, the No. 3 seed. A Toronto win and a Washington loss (Wizards are at Cleveland) and the two teams would be tied at 44-29! That’s the play. Take Toronto.