NBA Betting Preview (March 25): Nets Vs. Raptors Predictions

The Toronto Raptors will be hosting the Brooklyn Nets at home Monday night after a 112-109 loss against the Washington Wizards on Saturday.

Both the Raptors and Nets find themselves in rough patches, with the Raptors’ most recent defeat extending their disheartening losing streak to 10 games although it is an intentional tank to get the best draft pick possible. The Nets, not faring much better, are entangled in their own web of challenges, having faced the bitterness of defeat in their last six games. The outcome of Monday’s game will snap one team’s losing streak.

Bet on Nets vs. Raptors

BKN -6.5
TOR +6.5

Let’s look at the betting odds via bet365 for this upcoming matchup.

Nets vs. Raptors odds

Nets Moneyline Odds-250
Raptors Moneyline Odds+205
Over/Under217.5 points (over -110, under -110)
SpreadNets -6.5 (-110)
Time/DateMarch 25, 7:30 p.m. ET
TVBroadcast: SN1
Stream: NBA League Pass
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Betting Brooklyn Nets (26-45 SU, 30-38-3 ATS, 34-36-1 o/u)

Emerging from a disappointing 105-93 defeat at the hands of the New York Knicks, the Nets find themselves in a period of introspection and recalibration. The loss, characterized as a blowout, came against a Knicks squad notably hampered by injuries, missing key contributors Julius Randle, O.G. Anunoby, and Mitchell Robinson. Despite these absences, the Knicks managed to secure a commanding victory, leaving the Nets to ponder what went amiss.

In a game where the Nets struggled to find their rhythm, only two players managed to eclipse the 15-point mark: Mikal Bridges and Cam Thomas. Bridges led the team with 18 points while contributing four rebounds and five assists to the effort. His performance, however, was closely matched by Thomas, who not only scored 19 points but also added five rebounds and six assists.

In the 15 most recent games, marked by a series of injuries, the Raptors’ defence has shifted, now allowing the eighth-most assists to point guards. This adjustment presents a significant opportunity for Dennis Schröder. Given the Raptors’ relative leniency in terms of assists to point guards in these games, Schröder is well-positioned to exploit this aspect of the Raptors’ weakness.

Moreover, the Raptors have become particularly vulnerable to small forwards, now conceding the most points and rebounds, and the second-most assists to players at this position. This scenario favours Bridges, who could use the Raptors’ ongoing defensive shortcomings to create numerous scoring and rebounding opportunities. Additionally, the Raptors continue to struggle against power forwards, giving up the most points and ranking eighth in rebounds allowed to the position. Playing the power forward position will likely be Dorian Finney-Smith in the absence of Johnson, who will find this matchup beneficial. The defence is also terrible against centres, with the Raptors allowing the seventh-most points, the most rebounds, and the second-most assists to this position. Nicolas Claxton could thus have a standout performance, leveraging his rebounding and playmaking abilities to exploit the Raptors’ defensive lapses. The comprehensive weaknesses of the Raptors across multiple positions signal a valuable opportunity for the Nets to capitalize on.

Betting Toronto Raptors (23-48 SU, 32-39 ATS, 34-37 o/u)

In a nail-biter of a contest against the Wizards, the Raptors came up just shy, losing by a mere three points. In this closely fought battle, Gary Trent Jr. emerged as the Raptors’ top scorer, putting up an impressive 31 points, accompanied by four rebounds, two assists, and three steals. Despite his high-scoring performance, Trent Jr.’s efficiency from the field was not the best, as he shot a less-than-ideal 10- for-26, translating to a 38.5% shooting rate. Following Trent Jr., Gradey Dick made a significant contribution to the Raptors’ offensive efforts, adding 17 points to the scoreboard, which included making three shots from beyond the arc. Additionally, Kelly Olynyk’s all-around performance deserves recognition. Olynyk notched a double-double, scoring 14 points and dishing out 10 assists, demonstrating his versatility and playmaking abilities. Alongside his scoring and assists, Olynyk also pulled down six rebounds and recorded two steals and a block.

Stepping into the point guard role is Jahmi’us Ramsey who got his first NBA start against the Wizards. He is entering a matchup where the Nets are conceding the sixth-least assists and the fourth-least three-pointers made to point guards in the last 15 games. This indicates a challenging scenario for him in terms of facilitating the offence and finding his shot from beyond the arc. Trent Jr. faces a defensive setup that allows the fourth-least three-pointers made to shooting guards, suggesting he may have trouble with his perimeter shooting.

Dick encounters a somewhat less daunting but still restrictive matchup, with the Nets giving up the eighth-least points and the sixth-least rebounds to small forwards. This situation requires him to be creative in finding his scoring and rebounding opportunities. Lastly, Olynyk, faces the most challenging matchup with the Nets allowing the least assists to centres. This statistic suggests that Olynyk’s playmaking from the centre position could be significantly hindered, despite him dishing the ball 10 times last game.

Gradey Dick under 3.5 rebounds


Nets vs. Raptors injury concerns

  • Scottie Barnes suffered a fracture to the third metacarpal bone of his left hand in the loss to the Warriors and is considered out indefinitely.
  • The Raptors announced that Jakob Poeltl is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left pinkie finger.
  • RJ Barrett (personal reasons) does not have a return timetable.
  • The Raptors announced that Chris Boucher suffered a partial MCL tear in his right knee and is without a timeline for return.
  • Immanuel Quickley (personal) won’t play.
  • Jontay Porter (personal) has been ruled out.
  • Cam Johnson (toe) has been ruled out.
  • Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) has been ruled out.
  • Ben Simmons (back) has been ruled out for the season.
  • The under is 6-0 in Toronto’s last six games.
  • Toronto is 0-7 ATS in its last seven home games.
  • The over is 8-3 in Brooklyn’s last 11 games and 5-0 in its last five games as a favourite.
  • Brooklyn is 5-21 ATS in its past 26 road games.
  • Gradey Dick has grabbed under 3.5 rebounds in four of his last five games. He’s averaging two rebounds per game this season. His line is at +110 to grab under 3.5 rebounds against the Nets.
  • Gary Trent Jr. has recorded under 0.5 blocks in six of his last seven games. He’s averaging 0.2 blocks per game this season. His line is at -245 to record under 0.5 blocks against the Nets.
  • Dennis Schroder has recorded under 0.5 steals in nine of his last 10 games. He’s averaging 0.6 steals per game as a Net this season. His line is at -165 to record under 1.5 steals against the Raptors.

NBA bets to consider

  • Parlay – Nets moneyline, Mikal Bridges over 19.5 points, Dennis Schroder over 6.5 assists: +300. Bridges and Schroder are in great positions to clear their overs against a heavily injured Raptors defence. With the spread set at -6.5 and with almost all of the key players playing for the Nets, the Nets should win.
  • Over 217.5 points: -110. The Nets have loads of scoring talent in terms of Bridges and Thomas and this duo will likely take over the game on the vulnerable Raptors’ defence.