Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Records: Raptors (17-24), Cavaliers (15-26)
Where to Watch
Date: Sunday, March 21
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
Something has got to give.
Having lost seven games in a row, the Raptors enter Sunday's meeting with the Cavaliers in desperate need of a win. Toronto is coming off of a heartbreaking loss to the Utah Jazz in which Pascal Siakam had an opportunity to tie the game in the closing seconds but his 3-point attempt did everything but go in.
MORE: Takeaways from Friday's loss | When will Siakam's late attempts start to fall?
In his second game back after missing time due to the league's health and safety protocols, Siakam looked much more like himself, scoring 20 of his 27 points in the second half, also dishing out nine assists and pulling down five rebounds.
Friday night also marked the return of OG Anunoby, who missed six games while in the league's health and safety protocols. Before fouling out, Anunoby finished with 15 points on a tidy 6-for-8 shooting performance, including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc.
Ouuuu that's nice, G pic.twitter.com/rUFxhTLIBV- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 20, 2021
Back at full strength, the Raptors will be able to roll out a starting lineup of Anunoby, Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell for just the fifth time this season on Sunday night.
Toronto is set to meet a Cleveland team that enters the day just two games back in the standings but has lost five of its last six games. In their most recent outing, the Cavs suffered a six-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Leading the way for Cleveland on Friday was its backcourt duo of Darius Garland and Collin Sexton, who each scored 29 points to combine for 58 on 20-for-41 shooting from the field. With Garland and Sexton lining up against Lowry and VanVleet, it'll be a showcase of small backcourts going head-to-head.
Three defenders is a challenge accepted for @dariusgarland22. 😤- Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) March 20, 2021
📺 #CavsSpurs on @FOXSportsCLE pic.twitter.com/OpP34HpJ54
Keep an eye on the rebounding numbers in this one as the Raptors have been outrebounded 102-61 in their last two outings. While they'll be without Andre Drummond, Kevin Love and potentially JaVale Mcgee, the Cavs feature Jarrett Allen and Larry Nance Jr. on the inside while reserves Lamar Stevens and Dean Wade put up big rebounding numbers in limited action on Friday.
Cleveland has struggled as of late but it will take a bit extra for Toronto to get over the hump and end this skid.
Raptors vs. Cavaliers: Betting odds, spread, over/under
Spread: Raptors -7.5 (-110), Cavaliers +7.5 (-110)
Raptors Money line: -300
Cavaliers Money line: +250
Over/under: 217.0 (-110)
*Odds courtesy of William Hill Sports Book
Per the NBA's official injury report at 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 20
Matthew Dellavedova (appendectomy) - Questionable
Andre Drummond (personal reasons) - Out
Kevin Love (right calf soreness) - Out
JaVale McGee (illness) - Questionable
Taurean Prince (left shoulder sprain) - Out
Last Time They Played
Date: Jan. 30, 2020
Score: Raptors 115, Cavaliers 109
Raptors: Kyle Lowry - 23 PTS (8-16 FG), 5 REB, 5 AST, 3 STL
Cavaliers: Darius Garland - 16 PTS, 8 AST, 5 REB
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