The Toronto Raptors ride the longest current win streak in the NBA into two key matchups this weekend. The Raptors will be eyeing a first place in the Eastern Conference and a sixth straight win on Friday when they host the surging Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday as betting favourites. The competition heats up considerably on Sunday when Toronto takes on the NBA championship favourite Brooklyn Nets.
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|Friday November 5|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||+6 (1.91)||+6 (1.90)|
|Toronto Raptors||-6 (1.91)||-6 (1.90)|
|Sunday November 7|
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors -6
The Toronto Raptors will be aiming to extend their longest win streak in two seasons to six games when they return home on Friday night to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers as 6-point home favourites on the NBA odds at Bet99. The Raptors return to the friendly confines of Scotiabank Arena after sweeping a three-game road trip this past week, capped by Wednesday’s 109-100 win over the Washington Wizards.
Fred VanVleet scored a season-high 33 points, OG Anunoby added 21 and the Raptors beat the Wizards 109-100 for their fifth consecutive victory.https://t.co/TEJpIrD546
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) November 4, 2021
Toronto’s surge has been powered by breakthrough performances from youngsters OG Anunoby and Scottie Barnes. With Kyle Lowry leaving the club over the offseason and Pascal Siakam still sidelined by injury, both Anunoby and Barnes have assumed greater responsibility, with impressive results. After averaging 28.5 points per game over his past two outings, Anunoby now leads the club in scoring with 20.3 points per game. Barnes has also turned heads in his NBA debut, tallying 18.1 points per game and recording a pair of double-doubles through seven appearances.
Scottie Barnes tonight:
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) October 30, 2021
In addition to lifting Barnes to the top of the NBA Rookie of the Year odds at Spin Sports, where he now joins Jalen Green as a 4.25 co-favourite, the play of the youthful duo has also revitalized the Raptors playoff hopes after the team missed the postseason last season. The team’s early fortunes have yet to have an impact on their position on the NBA championship odds at Betway, where they continue to lag as a distant 81.00 bet.
Cavaliers Turning the Corner
The Raptors have ample opportunity to maintain their torrid pace in Friday’s date with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Winners of just 22 games last season, the Cavaliers have shown improvement in the early going this time around. The club is coming off back-to-back wins over Portland and Charlotte to improve their SU record to 5-4. More important to sports bettors is the Cavs’ solid performance at the sportsbooks so far this season.
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Cleveland has risen to the occasion while hitting the floor as an underdog in each of their first nine contests, and in addition to the club’s five outright wins, they have also managed to cover the spread in six of seven outings. The Cavs have struggled to keep things close in recent dates with Toronto, losing eight of 10 overall, including seven losses by wide double-digit margins. But while a win in Toronto may be too much to ask, look for the Cavaliers to keep things close in a low-scoring affair.
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Can Raptors Maintain Traditional Dominance Over Nets?
The Raptors face arguably their toughest opponent so far this season when they entertain the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. The Nets enter the week perched atop the NBA futures as 3.60 favourites to claim their first-ever NBA title, but have struggled to produce consistent results so far this season. The club garnered just two victories over their first five games before finding their stride and will hit the hardwood for a Friday night road date with the Detroit Pistons riding a three-game SU win streak.
59th triple-double for @JHarden13, tying Larry Bird for 7th all-time!
— NBA (@NBA) November 1, 2021
While they remain without star Kyrie Irving, the Nets have received stellar performances from veterans Kevin Durant and James Harden. Durant currently sits among the league leaders with 28.3 points per game, while Harden has posted a double-double and a triple-double over his past two contests. Despite those solid performances, the Nets have no assurance of continuing their winning ways in Toronto on Sunday. Brooklyn has been thoroughly dominated by the Raptors in recent years, posting just three wins in 27 meetings since the end of the 2014/2015 season. That includes a dismal 1-13 SU mark in their past 14 road dates with Toronto.