The Toronto Raptors suffered a surprising Game 1 defeat against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers managed to come from behind to snatch a 113-112 overtime win at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday. Several great runs by the Cavaliers and missed chances by the Raptors in the final quarter led to a result that seemed very unlikely at the beginning of the game.
Toronto Raptors Throw Away Early Lead
The Raptors dominated for much of Game 1 and were able to keep more than a 10-point lead over the Cavaliers, until the last 10 minutes. It was after this that everything began to fall apart; with the Raptors pretty much gifting Game 1 to the Cavaliers in the last eight minutes of the match. This period of the game saw 11 missed field goal attempts by the Raptors and terrible defence.
As the top-seeded Eastern Conference team, many pundits and fans believed that the Raptors should have taken the game quite easily. However, final quarter mishaps resulted in a story that many fans are all too familiar with. With the Raptors going 2-9 to the Cavaliers in Eastern Conference finals over the last two years, a playoff exit for the Raptors at this stage is not entirely unbelievable.
Toronto Raptors’ Victory Odds Falling
Betting odds in favour of a Toronto Raptors NBA Championship victory have dropped since the start of the 2017-18 season playoffs. This is mainly because it took the Raptors six games to get past the Washington Wizards. The Wizards, who finished eighth in the Eastern Conference this year, were one of the teams with the lowest odds to win the Championship this season.
The betting odds of the Toronto Raptors winning the 2018 NBA Championship currently sit at +850. This puts the team behind the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers.
If the Raptors are indeed able to get past the Cavaliers, it will be interesting to see if odds shift once more. For all the latest in Canadian sports betting news and sites, remember to keep visiting Maple Casino.