Gary Trent Jr. scored a career-high 44 points and the severely short-handed Toronto Raptors scored a franchise-record 87 first-half points en route to a 135-115 blowout victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. Trent made 17 of 19 field goals, including shooting 7 of 9 from 3-point range, and went 3 of 3 from the foul line in 33 dynamic minutes. The third-year pro was acquired from Portland with Rodney Hood on March 25 for Norman Powell.
The New Orleans Pelicans (23-29) visit the Cleveland Cavaliers (19-33) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at 7 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Pelicans-Cavaliers odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.
In true Cleveland Cavaliers fashion, the first lotto simulation of this exercise came up the only way the Cavs ever expect it to: with the first overall pick. Editor’s note: The simulation was done on April 5, so the Cavaliers had not yet beaten San Antonio and Oklahoma City. Here’s what a few of us would do with the pick: Danny Cunningham: Cade Cunningham is the correct answer here, and I don’t expect the Cavs to overthink it.