Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors Point Spread: Odds, Prediction
Will Raptors Continue Dominance Over Nets?
Yes, because most of Brooklyn's starting lineup will not play.
Toronto nearly mucked up a second easy win in a row against a weak west coast team, needing the entire 48 to put away the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. They took three of four games on the road during a successful western road swing, although a loss against the Griffin-less Clippers stung. The Raptors will be pleased to return to the friendly confines of Air Canada Centre, where they’ve been nearly unbeatable.
The Brooklyn Nets have been playing surprisingly well this season, including a 5-5 record over their past ten games this season. Unfortunately for the Nets, their starters and backups at the guard position will remain on the sideline, along with their starting small forward, which will limit the effectiveness of Brooklyn’s plucky playstyle.
Raptors Betting Picks:
NBA Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
Point Spread – Toronto Raptors -12.0 (-110)
Straight Up Moneyline – Raptors -795
Over/Under Totals – Over 209.5 (-110)
Toronto Raptors Betting Trends Against Brooklyn Nets
Raptors Rip The Nets Regularly
The Toronto Raptors haven’t lost against their Atlantic Division rivals for nearly two years, despite meeting four times per season. If you do the math, that works out to eight consecutive wins for the Raptors, who have earned 50-plus wins for two straight years, partly because of free wins against Brooklyn. Over this streak, Toronto has an average winning margin of 11.25 points. A point spread of 12 is large for most scenarios, but the Raptors have proven the ability to rout Brooklyn on the regular.
Brooklyn’s Serious Injury Trouble
Brooklyn’s front office should be applauded for recognizing that there’s little to gain from tanking another year, pursuing veterans who will teach rookies and sophomores the ins-and-outs of the association. The Nets bold trades and offseason moves look all for naught, as injuries sweep through their lineup. D’Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin will be out for long periods of time due to knee injuries. Allan Crabbe has a chronically sore knee and DeMarre Carroll will rest his aching knees. All these busted knees make it tough for Brooklyn to compete.
Bench A Weak Spot For Toronto Lately
Anyone watching Norman Powell over the last week of action knows that he’s struggling through a severe slump, a problem which affects the rest of the reserves. Since Delon Wright also missed a handful of games, the usually stellar bench hasn’t been contributing to wins. Instead, the starting lineup builds leads big enough for the reserves to fritter away. Overall, the plus-minus between the starters and the bench show a strong negative trend for Toronto’s backups, a scenario which should be rectified against Brooklyn.
More Minutes For Springy Ibaka
There’s a spring to Ibaka’s step since the calendar turned to December, resulting in coach Dwane Casey giving Sergeballu (Ibaka’s real name) additional minutes. Over six December games, Serge averages 18.8 PPG, 6.5 RPG and 30.2 minutes per game, notable improvements over his numbers in October and November. Ibaka also has a .579 FG%, .581 3P% and averages 1.93 blocks per game, contributing efficiently on both sides of the court. The Nets don’t have anyone to match up against Toronto’s smooth-shooting power forward.
Lowry Loves Playing Against Brooklyn
Kyle Lowry plays better against Brooklyn compared to his numbers against most other NBA franchises. Lowry posts 16.5 PPG, 6.8 APG and 4.7 RPG in 24 games against the Nets, above his career average of 14.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG and 5.8 APG. Part of his success revolves around Brooklyn’s lack of perimeter defense, which gifts Kyle a .410 3P%, well beyond his career average of 36.6 percent from three-point land. Without Russell and Lin to keep him in check, Lowry and DeRozan should enjoy prolific games this evening.
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