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Game preview: Toronto Raptors @ Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers four game home stand continues tonight as they take on the Eastern Conference leading, Toronto Raptors. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports Ohio.

The Cavs are 2-0 on this four game home stand. With just a couple of games left in the regular season, it is crucial for the Cavs to end on a high note to secure the third seed in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs are currently up a half game on Philadelphia and a full game up on Indiana.

Speaking of Philadelphia, the Cavs play a crucial game at Philadelphia this Friday that could determine who gets the third seed in the Eastern Conference this year.

The good news for the Cavs tonight it is expected that Kyle Korver will play tonight.

Kevin Love is also questionable tonight.

Cavs head coach Ty Lue will not coach tonight.

Here are some game notes on tonight’s game via game notes.

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers, who hold an 8-1 record in their last 9 overall games (since March 17), will try to win their 7th straight home game tonight when they take on the Toronto Raptors.
  • The last time Cleveland and Toronto faced off, the Cavs picked up a 132-129 victory at The Q on March 21. In the win, Cleveland shot a season- high .603 (47-78) from the field and a season-high .625 (15-24) from three-point range.
  • The Wine & Gold hold a 16-6 record against the Raptors since December 2014 (includes playoffs). The Cavs are also 9-1 in the last 10 home games against the Raptors (includes playoffs).
  • During their 6-game home win streak, the Cavs are averaging 115.5 points (.493 FG%, .408 3FG%, .791 FT%) and 24.5 assists. They have also won by an average of 12.2 points (115.5-103.3) and outrebounded their opponents by 9.5 boards (46.2-36.7) during that span. Cleveland has allowed just 7.8 fast break points, holding four of their last six opponents at The Q to under 7 transition points or less.
  • Tonight, LeBron James (428 30-pt games, 941 20-pt games) can tie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (429 30-pt games) for the 5th-most 30-point games in NBA history and pass Kobe Bryant (941 20-pt games) for the 3rd-most 20-point outings ever. James (1,861 STL, 30,898 PTS) is also 1 steal away from passing Isiah Thomas (1,861 STL) for sole possession of 16th place on the NBA’s all-time steals list and 102 points shy of 31,000 for his career.

Here are the probable starting line up’s via preview.

Toronto Raptors (52-21)

(G) Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, (F) OG Anunoby, (F) Serge Ibaka, (C) Jonas Valaciunas.

Injuries — None.

Cleveland Cavaliers (47-30)

(G) Jose Calderon, (G) Rodney Hood, (F) LeBron James, (F) Kevin Love, (C) Larry Nance Jr.

Injuries — Kyle Korver (Questionable) and George Hill (OUT).

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