NBA action report: Public doesn’t know what to do with tonight’s Raptors at Cavs Game 2

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Will LeBron James & Co. continue steamrolling their way to the NBA Finals? Covers talks about Thursday’s Eastern Conference semifinal game with Jason Simbal, vice president of risk management for CG Technology, Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports for MGM Resorts, and an oddsmaker for online site BetNow.

Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers – Open: Cavaliers -12; Move: none

This best-of-7 series features the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the East, but you wouldn’t have known it from watching Game 1 on Tuesday night. The Cavs boatraced the Raptors 115-84 as a healthy 11-point home favorite, keeping their perfect playoff record intact at 9-0 SU (6-3 ATS). Cleveland is favored by even more for the 8:30 p.m. Eastern Game 2 tipoff, and bettors seem to be laying back.

“There really hasn’t been much yet. People are really not excited for this game because the spread is so high,” Simbal said. “They don’t want to lay the number with the favorite, but then again, they don’t want to take the underdog because of how bad the Raptors looked in Game 1.”

BetNow’s number was also stable at Cleveland -12.

“The Cavs are still the majority’s pick, but in the last few hours, we saw more action come in for the Raptors. But not a lot,” BetNow’s oddsmaker said earlier today.

At The Mirage, Cleveland opened at 12.5 and was bet down to 12.

“We’ve had a little bit on the Raptors,” Rood said. “I think the sharps, if they’re gonna do anything, they’ll take the Raptors.”

BetNow was also seeing money on the total, which opened at 196 but is now at 198.5.

“We are seeing very heavy action coming in for the over,” the oddsmaker said. “We are currently at 81 percent of the handle on the total being on the over. It’s been high since the total was posted, but today, it seems to be keeping that way. This amount of action will definitely push the total up.”

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


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