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Market Report for Thursday, March 24th
*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back
**Lines are opening numbers
Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors (-3, 214.5)
The last meeting between these two teams is a massive one. Cleveland holds a one game lead over Toronto for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. A win for the Raptors means the night ends with these two tied with nine games left in the season, but a win for the Cavaliers gives them a two-game lead. Outside of the matchups on the floor, the injury report is the most important factor tonight. OG Anunoby has missed the last 15 games with a finger injury but returned to practice yesterday and was upgraded to questionable for this contest. Gary Trent Jr. did not practice but x-rays came back negative, and he has a shot of getting on the floor tonight as well. If both can play it would be the first time in over a month that Toronto would be fully healthy. A win would also be the first time the Raptors would achieve a victory over the Cavaliers this season. Cleveland is 3-0 SU and ATS against Toronto this season, dominating the Raptors and posting a + 18.6 net rating through those three games. However, this will be the first meeting between the two teams in which Jarrett Allen will not be present. Since losing Allen to injury the defense for the Cavaliers has not been anywhere near the same. Opponents have averaged 117.9 points per 100 possessions in the eight games since and Cleveland has a -2.6 net rating with a 4-4 SU/2-4-2 ATS record as a result. All these factors are why the Raptors are up to 5.5-point favorites at most shops.