Cavaliers at Raptors Game 6 Preview

Game 6 - Cavaliers lead series 3-2; 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

If you happen to believe that "things happen in 3's" than you're likely inclined to think the Toronto Raptors will win here and thus play in a third consecutive Game 7 - also, NBA bettors know that the Cleveland Cavaliers are a disappointing 2-6 ATS (against the spread) away in this year's playoffs and that includes straight-up losses twice in this series North of the Border.

But, the flip side wonders if the Raptors are gonna be hit with another dose of reality here in Game 6 ... after all, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin James did combine for 71 points in Wednesday's rollicking 116-78 triumph over Toronto in Game 5 of this series and that stepped-up Cav defense really - they were super-aggressive all over the floor -- applied the clamps on that hot-and-cold Raptors' backcourt of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry (see 7-of-20 FG shooting for 27 meaningless points in that Game 5).

Home court has equaled a 5-and-oh pointspread mark for the wagering crowd in this Eastern Conference series - if that continues here than the 6.5-point pup Raptors must get some monster off-the-bench game (we know we've been saying that for days now!) and maybe tonight's when Patrick Patterson and/or Terrence Ross "goes off" ... we're waiting!

Here's how this playoff series has gone so far between the Raptors and the Cavaliers (home teams are in CAPS below):

5-17CLEVELAND- 11Toronto  115-84
5-19CLEVELAND- 12Toronto108-89
5-21TORONTO+ 6Cleveland99-84
5-23TORONTO+ 6Cleveland105-99
5-25CLEVELAND- 11Toronto116-78