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Cavaliers vs. Raptors line, picks: Advanced computer NBA model releases selections for Thursday matchup

SportsLine's projection model generated selections for Thursday's matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors square off in a battle between playoff hopefuls at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday. Toronto is favored by five points at Caesars Sportsbook, while the Over-Under is set at 215 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our NBA odds page). 

Before making any Cavaliers vs. Raptors picks, you NEED to check out the NBA predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 22 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 79-49 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning over $2,400. Anyone following it has seen HUGE returns.

The model knows the Cavaliers lead the NBA in free throw prevention on defense. Opponents create only 18.7 free-throw attempts per game against Cleveland, and the Cavaliers are No. 4 in the league in defensive efficiency. Cleveland is also holding the opposition to 51.2 percent shooting on 2-point attempts, No. 3 in the NBA, and the Cavaliers are in the top eight in field-goal percentage allowed. Cleveland is also stout on the defensive glass, with opponents producing only 12.3 second-chance points per game.

The model also knows the Raptors are elite in several key areas. Toronto is No. 2 in the NBA in offensive rebound rate, securing 32.6 percent of missed shots, and the Raptors are producing 16.7 second-chance points per game. Toronto is also in the top four of the NBA in fast-break points and turnovers per game on offense. The Raptors are also tremendous in creating havoc on defense, including 15.7 turnovers per game. Toronto is No. 3 in the NBA in steals per game (8.9), and the Raptors are above-average overall on defense.

Now, it has set its sights on Cavaliers vs. Raptors. We can tell you the model is leaning under the total, and it also says one side of the spread hits in 60 percent of simulations! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any NBA picks.

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