Cavaliers vs Raptors

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The Cavaliers vs Raptors have eliminated from the playoffs two years in a row.

The Raptors have a chance to reverse that trend this year, starting Tuesday night when they host the Cavaliers in Game 1 of their best-of-seven second-round playoff series at the Air Canada Centre.

It’s time for the third edition of Raptors vs. Cavaliers in the NBA Playoffs. For the first time, the Raptors come in as not only the higher seed but the better team.

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The Cavaliers won their way into the second round by defeating the Indiana Pacers in seven games with LeBron James producing 45 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while playing 43 minutes in the decisive game Sunday.

It’s time for the third edition of Raptors vs. Cavaliers in the NBA Playoffs. For the first time, the Raptors come in as not only the higher seed but the better team.

Key stats:
LeBron James’ teams have won 22 consecutive Eastern Conference playoff series. … Cleveland has won six consecutive playoff games against Toronto and 11 of the last 12 overall. … Toronto’s assist percentage went from a league-worst 47.2 last season to 59.0 this season.

So much of this series is about LeBron James. The four-time NBA MVP has averaged 30.9 points against Toronto in their last 12 meetings, and proved once again in Cleveland’s 4-3 series win over Indiana that he can almost single-handedly win games, scoring 45 points in Game 7. The 33-year-old James logged 41.1 minutes a game in the opening round, sitting briefly in Sunday’s deciding game because of muscle cramps.

They stick with what has gotten them to this position, Lowry and DeRozan need to be the players that they are capable of and they do that best when they aren’t playing hero ball.

The numbers don’t lie they are the better team in this series and they have home court advantage.

The Bench Mob keeps rolling and picks up the starting unit when they hit rough patches. Players like Fred VanVleet, Jakob Poeltl, and Delon Wright could all play big roles in this team finally getting over the Cleveland hurtle.

The wear and tear of playing 82 games and then a tough seven-game series in round one take its toll on LeBron James and he runs out of gas.

The Raptors evolved offensively and improved their bench to be better equipped for this matchup than in their last two playoff exits to the Cavaliers. Cleveland could still be in Toronto’s heads after winning the teams’ last two meetings, when James averaged 31.5 points and 11.5 assists and made 58% of his shots. Raptors rookie OG Anunoby might be the primary defender on James,

who averaged 41.8 points in four first-round wins and drew 8.9 fouls a game against Indiana. Anunoby gives up bulk and could need help that would leave Kyle Korver, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith open for three-point shots. Toronto limits threes by opponents as well as any team but Cleveland’s offense just got George Hill back and figures to get better bench contributions from Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson. Toronto is more rested, has home-court advantage and just got Fred VanVleet back to help its slipping bench performance against Cleveland’s porous defense

LeBron James is LeBron James and gets some help. The Cavs struggled in the first round offensively and when that turns around and players like J.R Smith and Kevin Love start making consistent shots from outside this series could swing in Cleveland’s direction really quick.

Stealing game one in Toronto would not only give the Cavs a 1-0 series lead but it would also plant the seed in the Raptors head of “oh no, here we go again.” That seed of doubt could be all Cleveland needs to knock out the top-seeded team in the conference.