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NBA Spread Picks: Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets

NBA Spread Picks: Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets

Will Raptors Rout The Nets Again?

Yes, because the Brooklyn Nets rotation has been devastated by injuries.

There's no denying the change that's swept over the Brooklyn Nets this season. After spending the last couple of years tanking for draft picks, Brooklyn's shifted gears, instilling a culture change throughout the organization. Over the past couple of weeks, the Nets stifled the Magic, Timberwolves and Heat, nearly defeating the Celtics twice.

DeMar DeRozan continues his conquest of the NBA, brandishing a sharp three-point jumper against opponents who must draft a new defensive game plan against Toronto. Now that opponents can’t ignore him from behind the arc, defenders need to stick to him on the perimeter, opening new paths for DeRozan and the entire offense.

Raptors Betting Picks:

NBA Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction

Point SpreadToronto Raptors -7.0 (-110)

Straight Up MoneylineRaptors -345

Over/Under TotalsOver 218.0 (-110)

Toronto Raptors Betting Trends Against Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets Vastly Improved Squad

This isn’t the same Brooklyn lineup that was built to tank over the past two years. The Nets don’t keep their draft pick in 2018, which makes tanking an illogical pursuit. Instead, the franchise picked up a couple of stars and depth players to help all the young talent develop. Results have been good lately, with the Nets winning three of their last five games. Their last two losses were narrow, one-possession defeats against the Celtics, which should make the Raptors take note of this rising team.

Toronto’s Dominance Over The Nets

Since Paul Pierce and the 2013-14 Brooklyn Nets booted the Raps out of the playoffs, Toronto’s dominated this matchup, winning 11 of 13 meetings, including nine consecutive victories. The only victory in which the Raptors didn’t beat a spread of seven was a 104-99 victory in March 2016. Brooklyn’s certainly an improved team this year, but so are the Raptors. Toronto’s beaten the Nets by 10 or more points in the last five games, making the spread a solid proposition this evening.

DeRozan Ascends Into Superstar Territory

Over the last ten games, DeMar DeRozan has been unconscious from the three-point line, adding a dangerous new dimension to his game. Since mid-December, DeMar’s been hitting threes at a .520 rate. He’s achieving these new heights with a high volume of shots, making 2.6 of 5.0 three-point attempts. During this stretch, he set the new Raptors record for most points in a game, scoring 52 against the Bucks on New Year’s Eve. Now that DeRozan’s efficient from the perimeter, exciting new offensive options become possible for DeMar and his mates.

Injury Bug Bites Brooklyn Deep

Injuries continue to decimate the Nets lineup, with DeMarre Carroll going down with a knee injury in a foul-filled final seconds against the Boston Celtics a couple of days ago. He joins D’Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin on the sidelines. At least Caris LeVert returns from injury to help Brooklyn deal with the Raptors all-star backcourt and deep reserve rotation. Toronto recently returned to full capacity when Lucas Nogueira rejoined the team. A shortened Brooklyn bench will be challenged by a deep Raptors lineup.

Toronto Produces Prolific Points Against Nets

The Raptors have scored more than 100 points against the Nets in eight consecutive games, including five games of 112 or more points. Brooklyn doesn’t score the basketball well against Toronto, breaching the 100-point mark in four of the last nine games. In fact, Brooklyn’s netted less than 100 points in three consecutive outings, which doesn’t bode well for an over/under of 218. Since Brooklyn appears unlikely to score 100 points, the under is the more likely totals result, especially considering the Raptors will be playing on the road.

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