Wed, Feb 14, 1:42am by Staff Writer
LeBron James cut just a few of his teammates and the results spoke for themselves. The Cavs have got that winning feeling back just in time for the All-Star Weekend. The Cavs get to put themselves to a real test as they head over to Oklahoma City for a clash with the Thunder.
The Raptors are sitting pretty at the summit of the Eastern Conference. Toronto have found a way to establish a new world order. With a solid backcourt, and if they can stay injury free, this could be the year we see the Raptors make it to the big dance.
With questions over the Cavs 2.0 and the Celtics’ injury worries, the Raptors have it all to play for.
Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors
Wednesday 14 February 2018, 10.00am at Air Canada Centre
The Heat acquired favourite son Dwyane Wade in a trade deadline surprise. Wade received LeBron’s blessing to return back to Florida.
The Heat will be feeling pretty good about themselves heading into the clash with the Raptors. The last time these two sides clashed in Toronto the Heat stole the clash 90-89. They know how to get the job done in Canada.
Miami currently sit in eighth spot in the Eastern Conference and have a 16-14 record on the road this season. The Heat built on the promise they showed against the Rockets (109-101) earlier in the week by downing the Bucks at home 91-85.
Tyler Johnson continued to show promise picking up 19 points in the win over the Bucks.
The Raptors picked up their fifth straight win earlier in the week with victory over the Hornets 123-103.
Their streak includes a bruising win over the Celtics 111-91.
DeMar DeRozan continues to impress league pundits, as he helped himself to 25 points in the win over the Heat. The combination of Kyle Lowry and DeRozan gives the Raptors a real edge against the Heat.
Best bet: Raptors Big Win Little Win (1-10points) $2.65 at Sportsbet
Cleveland Cavaliers at Oklahoma City Thunder
Wednesday 14 February 2018, 11.00am at Chesapeake Energy Arena
The Cavs and LeBron James breathed a sigh of relief on draft day as Batman got some new Robins. The deadline day deals that brought in Larry Nance Jr, George Hill and Rodney Hood have given the Cavs a new lease on life. Since the disaster in Orlando (116-98) the Cavs have won their last three.
Chalking up a win against the Celtics on the road lifted the Cavs. There’s a feeling that the side will climb back to the top of the ladder. A younger lineup has allowed James to flourish in his last few games. LeBron even managed a few laughs as the Cavs upset the Celtics. LeBron chalked up 24 points in what was a backs-to-the-wall performance.
The Cavs need to find another gear as they come up against the Thunder in Oklahoma. Russell Westbrook and Paul George seem to lift against the league heavyweights. Just ask Steph Curry and Kevin Durant in Oakland.
Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony are in some doubt for the Cavs matchup, with both being put though non-contact work earlier this week.
With his 33 points against the Grizzlies, Paul George showed Thunder fans that offence won’t be an issue.
The Cavs are still coming together after a major deadline day shift. The Thunder have found a way to win games and with LeBron coming to town Russell Westbrook will be eager to get a win against the King.
Best Bet: Thunder $1.88 to win at Sportsbet
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