The Cleveland Cavaliers look to avenge their embarrassing early season to the Toronto Raptors Monday as they host them at Quicken Loans arena. The Raptors are likely experiencing some fatigue as they lost a heartbreaker to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday evening. But if the last time these teams faced each other the Raptors showed that they are dangerous if they can make the game ugly.
Who: Toronto Raptors (21-14) at Cleveland Cavaliers (22-9)
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland Ohio
Where on my eyeballs: Fox Sports Ohio, NBA League Pass
Enemy Blog: Raptors HQ
The Raptors have really benefits from fantastic guard play this season. Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.6 points, 6.3 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game while DeMar DeRozan is having the best season of his career and is coming off a dominant December. For the month, he's averaging 25 points per game. They have been making the most of the team's added depth and increased spacing and once again find themselves in the mix for homecourt advantage in the playoffs.
As I previously stated, the Raptors are going to be on the second night of a back to back, so fatigue is to be expected. The Cavs have their full lineup and Kyrie Irving is nearing the point where his minute restriction will no longer be in place. As you might remember, Jared Cunningham started the last time these teams played, so it's pretty safe to say that the Cavs are in a much better position to win this time around. Truth be told, Cleveland probably won't have too much trouble coming away with their second win of 2016.
Limiting penetration and forcing Derozan to take jumpers will help neuter the Raptors offense. Even though they've performed well this season offensively overall, they still heavily rely on their guard tandem and Derozan still has limits to his offensive game. Limiting the amount of cuts to the basket and easy looks will help force him into an inefficient night.
If you haven't checked it out already, we previewed the game with Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic on our most recent podcast, you can listen to that part of the podcast at around the 25 minute mark.
Fear the Sword's Fearless Prediction:
The Cavs are really tough to beat at home. I think they come out motivated and crush a tired Raptors team. Cavs win 110-92.