The Toronto Raptors enter Friday’s game with the best road record in the NBA at 10-2. They have played outstanding basketball this season away from Toronto, only losing a strange game in Milwaukee (where Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo both did not play) and an overtime loss to the Boston Celtics.
The Raptors open as 8.5-point favourites on Friday night. When favoured on the road by 5.5 points or more this season, the Raptors are undefeated (7-0) and 3-3-1 against the spread.
After a reasonable start to their season, the Brooklyn Nets have floundered the last few weeks, losing their previous eight games. Their last game, a two-point home loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday, was particularly heartbreaking. Brooklyn entered the fourth quarter, leading by 18 points, but Paul George came alive and dropped 47 points.
The Nets now have the worst home record in the NBA. The Nets have only one win as a home underdog and are 4-9 ATS in Brooklyn this season.
Once a competitive Division rival, the Toronto Raptors have dominated the Brooklyn Nets over the last three seasons. Toronto leads the all-time series against the 50-39 in the regular season after winning 12 straight against the Nets (55-47 overall when including the postseason).
The Nets do not have the players to matchup against the Toronto Raptors. They occasionally play the Raptors close (losing two of the four games last season by four points or less). However, this year’s Toronto Raptors have Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, who should not have trouble limiting the Nets.