10:30 AM (AEST) Saturday, May 28 at Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Cleveland’s big win in Game 5 has given them a 3-2 lead in the series and will be hoping to beat the Raptors in Toronto to wrap up the series and move into the final.
Toronto: Johnson; Carroll, Biyombo, DeRozan, Lowry. Joseph, Nogueira, Patterson, Powell, Ross, Scola, Thompson, Valanciunas.
Cleveland: Love; Jefferson, James, Smith, Irving. Thompson, Schumpert, Dellavedova, Frye, D.Jones, Mozgov, Williams, J.Jones.
Cleveland leads the head to head against Toronto with 43 regular season wins and 3 playoffs victories to the Raptors 36 regular season and 2 playoffs. Their last clash, earlier this week, saw Cleveland score a big win, 116-78.
The Cavs finished the regular season on top of the Eastern Conference, just one win ahead of second placed Toronto. Cleveland stormed through the first two rounds of the playoffs, beating Detroit in 4 straight games, before handing Atlanta a 4-0 defeat in the semi’s. At home, Cleveland have been unstoppable, winning comfortably every time this series, however the two games they have played in Toronto, they lost.
Toronto have been made to work much harder to earn their place in the East Final, going to 7 games both times against Indiana and Miami. They have struggled away from home against the Cavs, losing all three so far, but have won both home games.
Kyrie Irving v DeMar DeRozan – these two guards are phenomenal scorers, but just as importantly, they are great distributors to their forwards. Trying to shut these two down is a tall order, but the team who has the most success with this task will go a long way to winning the game. DeRozan works well with his fellow guard Kyle Lowry while Irving has a lethal combination with LeBron James.
The form of the series indicates that the home side will win. Whether the chance to close the series out is enough to motivate the Cavs to a win will remain to be seen.