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It’s a battle of Atlantic Division teams north of the border on the parquet floor. The Brooklyn Nets are on the road as they travel to face the Toronto Raptors Friday night. Brooklyn comes in off a 116-100 home win over Atlanta Wednesday night in their last contest. Toronto defeated Atlanta 104-101 at home in their previous game Tuesday night. The Raptors own a 50-40 edge in the all-time regular-season series though it was the Nets taking a 106-105 overtime win at home in the first meeting this season on December 7, 2018.
Brooklyn Nets Seek Return to .500 Mark
Brooklyn shook off a slow start to defeat the Hawks and win for the fourth time in five games. The Nets entered Thursday night sixth in the Eastern Conference, 10 games behind the Raptors for the top spot in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference lead. The team was two games ahead of ninth-place Detroit. Brooklyn trailed by as many as 19 in the game and was down 15 after the opening quarter before regrouping. The Nets outscored the Hawks 93-62 over the final three quarters to rally for the win. Brooklyn shot 45.3 percent from the field, including 10 of 30 from three point range, and forced 19 Atlanta turnovers. D’Angelo Russell led the Nets with 23 points in the win. Brooklyn is 12-9 ATS on the road this season while the under is 12-9 in those games.
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— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 10, 2019
The Nets are 16th in the league in scoring offense with 110.9 points per game. Brooklyn is 15th in the league on the glass by collecting 45.2 rebounds per game. The Nets are 19th in the league in assists with 23.6 dimes per contest. Brooklyn is 19th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 111.3 points a game. Caris LeVert leads the team with 18.4 points per game in the first third of the season. Spencer Dinwiddie (17.1 points, 5.1 assists), Joe Harris (13.5 points), Jarrett Allen (11.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.46 blocks) and D’Angelo Russell (18.2 points, 6.3 assists) are all averaging in double figures for coach Kenny Atkinson. Rodions Kurucs, Kenneth Faried, Allen Crabbe, Ed Davis, Jared Dudley, Shabazz Napier and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson are all important pieces of the rotation for Brooklyn. The Nets are tied for 18th in the league by shooting 45.4 percent from the floor. Brooklyn is 5th in the league by sinking 12.3 triples per contest. The Nets are tied for 7th in the league in three point shooting as they shoot 36 percent from long range. LeVert dislocated his foot and suffered moderate ligament damage against the Timberwolves November 12 and is out indefinitely though he is expected to return this season.
Toronto Raptors Shoot for Fourth Straight Win
Toronto won their third straight game as they defeated the Hawks Tuesday night in their last contest. The Raptors entered Thursday with a half-game edge over the Bucks in the race for the top spot in the conference. The team was 3.5 games up on the 76ers in the Atlantic Division. Toronto trailed by three after the opening quarter and by as many as nine in the second quarter before rallying. In a tight, back and forth second half, Serge Ibaka’s dunk with 17.1 seconds to play gave the Raptors a 102-101 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Raptors shot 46.3 percent from the field, including 10 of 32 from three point range, and forced 26 turnovers in the game. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 31 points, six assists and six steals in the win. This season, Toronto is 9-12 ATS at home while the over is 13-8 this season.
The Raptors currently are 7th in the league by averaging 113.2 points per game. Toronto stands in the middle of the pack in the league on the glass, ranking 17th with 44.8 boards per game. The Raptors are 16th in the league in assists with 24 dimes a night. Toronto is 9th in scoring defense as they give up 107.9 points per game. Kawhi Leonard leads the team with 27.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Kyle Lowry contributes 14.4 points plus 9.6 assists a night while Serge Ibaka (16.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.41 blocks) and Fred VanVleet (10.5 points, 4.5 assists) are solid contributors. Danny Green (9.5 points), Pascal Siakam (15 points, 6.6 rebounds), Jonas Valanciunas (12.8 points, 7.2 boards), OG Anunoby, Norman Powell and Delon Wright are all valuable pieces in the rotation for coach Nick Nurse. The Raptors are tied for 6th in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 47.5 percent from the field. Toronto is 11th in the league by sinking 11.3 three pointers per game. The Raptors are tied for 22nd in the league in three point shooting as they hit 34.4 percent from beyond the arc. Valanciunas (dislocated thumb) is out until early February.
- Raptors are 36-17 ATS in their last 53 vs. Atlantic Division teams
- Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Nets are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Brooklyn has played solid basketball over the last month to six weeks, pushing themselves into the playoff picture. The Nets are going to face a tough challenge here as the Raptors are winners of three straight themselves. Toronto is 17-4 at the Scotiabank Arena while the Nets are 10-11 on the road. The Raptors have had two days off coming into this contest while the Nets are playing their fourth game in six days. Look for Toronto to come up with the win here.
Prediction: Toronto Raptors -9.5
Full-Game Total Pick
This one is going to be an entertaining contest between a pair of division rivals. Toronto has been tough of late as they manage to maintain their hold on the top spot of the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn has been one of the league’s hottest teams over the last month or so to push themselves back into the playoff picture. The Nets haven’t made the postseason since the 2014-15 season. Could this be the year that Brooklyn pushes themselves back into the picture?
The over is 6-1 in the Nets’ last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 12-4 in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. Toronto has seen the over 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game, 4-1 in their last 5 overall and 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game. This one should end up over the total as both offenses are clicking at the moment.
Prediction: Over 221
Half-Time Side Pick
You have to give credit to Kenny Atkinson, who has his team playing well of late. The Nets have 21 wins already: in his first two years at the helm, the team won 20 and 28 games. Brooklyn is clicking right now but injuries and a penchant for the outside shot leaves them with a thin margin of error. Toronto is playing well and they have the depth. Having two days off helps guys like Lowry, who has been banged up of late. The Raptors get the upper hand at the half in this one.
Prediction: Toronto Raptors -5.5
Half-Time Total Bet
Toronto has been excellent at home and the depth in their rotation makes them extremely dangerous. With the time off to rest, you know that Leonard is going to play and so will everyone who’s healthy. That puts everyone but Valanciunas in play for the Raptors. Brooklyn is going to try to shoot from the outside to try and loosen Toronto’s defense. This one has the ability to put some points on the board in a hurry: look for it to be over the number at the half.
Prediction: Over 107