NBA action report: Betting public continuing to bet the Cavs, ignore the Raptors

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If the NBA Playoffs’ Eastern Conference finals are going to get even remotely interesting, something has got to change Saturday night in Toronto. Covers talks about the matchup with Johnny Avello, executive director of race and sports for Wynn Las Vegas; Aaron Kessler, supervisor of the Golden Nugget sportsbook; and John Lester, senior lines manager for online site Bookmaker.eu.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors – Open: Cavaliers -4.5; Move: Cavaliers -6

The Cavaliers hammered Toronto in Games 1 and 2, easily winning and cashing as double-digit favorites in both contests. On Thursday night, Cleveland rolled 108-89 as an 11.5-point chalk, and bettors are more than convinced that there’s only one team worth backing in this best-of-7 series.

“It’s been all Cavs money,” Avello said of action at the Wynn. “They’ve been dominating the first two games of the series, and even before that, they’ve been dominating throughout the playoffs.”

Indeed, Cleveland is now 10-0 SU and a stout 7-3 ATS in the postseason.

Downtown at the Golden Nugget, the number opened at 5.5 and stuck there until late this morning before moving to 6.

“We’ve seen Cleveland and the over, and the way they’ve started the series, it’s hard not to like the Cavs,” Kessler said.

Bookmaker opened the Cavaliers at -5 and is now at -5.5 amid a glut of Cleveland wagers.

“After the first two blowouts, the public is all over Cleveland,” Lester said. “But we’ve only adjusted a half-point toward the visitor, as we’re seeing a few smart bets on the home ‘dog.”

Like Kessler, Lester said the over has been popular, too.

“We’ve seen around three-quarters of the wagers on the over and thus have bumped the number up a point to 198.5,” Lester said. “We are anticipating some under money to bring this back closer to the open as tipoff approaches.”

Patrick Everson is a Las Vegas-based senior writer for Covers. Follow him on Twitter: @Covers_Vegas.

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