The Cleveland Cavaliers (47-30) will host the Toronto Raptors (55-21) on Tuesday night. Here is how to watch this NBA game online.
Two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference meet Tuesday night in Cleveland when the Cavaliers host the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors are first in the East, 8.5 games ahead of the third place Cavs. Tuesday’s game could be a potential playoff matchup. The Cavaliers have eliminated the Raptors from the playoffs in the last two season. Fans in Canada can watch the game on TSN 4 and 5, while fans in Ohio can watch the game on Fox Sports Ohio. Live streaming is available on NBA League Pass and FuboTV.
The Raptors lost their last game Saturday night 110-99 to the Boston Celtics, allowing Boston to close the gap in the race for first. Toronto is only two games ahead of Boston, with six games remaining, including one more against the Celtics. Saturday’s loss was the Raptors fourth in their last seven games, adding to the importance of Tuesday’s game. Toronto wants to avoid Cleveland as long as possible in the playoffs due to their inability to guard LeBron James. Rookie OG Anunoby has tried to guard James with minimal success. If Anunoby is unable to guard LeBron, Toronto is forced to used undersized options such as DeMar DeRozan to cover James. Dwane Casey does not want to use his best offensive player to guard James and could consider using Pascal Siakim on James.
The Cavs have won eight of their past nine games as they round into playoff form. While not receiving much MVP consideration, LeBron is having one of his best seasons in his 15th season. James is averaging 27.4 points and a career-high 9.1 assists and 8.7 rebounds per game. The return of Kevin Love from injury makes Cleveland that much more dangerous as they are able to stretch the floor offensively, creating more space for everyone to operate. Cleveland’s only loss since Love’s return to the lineup came against Miami when Love played only seven minutes. While Love is healthy, George Hill and Kyle Korver are both dealing with injuries and questionable for Tuesday’s game.
The Raptors and Cavs have split the first two games against each other this season. Toronto blew out Cleveland 133-99 in January but could not hold for a win on March 21 despite scoring 79 first-half points and leading by 15 at halftime. James finished with 35 points and 17 rebounds in Cleveland’s 132-129 win.