The Brooklyn Nets (21-46) look to snap the eight-game winning streak of Toronto when they welcome the Raptors (49-17) to Barclays Center. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 219 points with Toronto opening as a 10-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, and it can be seen on YES Network.
Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Preview
In the Raptors’ last game, they had no trouble getting past the New York Knicks, 132-106. With 16 points and seven assists, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry had a good game. Toronto dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 32.6 (above their season average of 22.8) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.591 (above their season average of 0.536). New York recorded marks of 17.4 and 0.494, respectively, for those same stats.
The Nets are hoping for a better outcome after their 120-97 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in their last outing. D’Angelo Russell was the game’s leading scorer with 26 points on 9-for-17 shooting. Philadelphia had a turnover percentage of 8.0 (better than their season average of 14.8). Brooklyn, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (21-24; 87.5 percent).
Brooklyn might struggle to find the bottom of the net as they go head-to-head against one of the league’s best defenses. Toronto ranks fourth in defensive efficiency, while the Nets rank 24th in offensive efficiency. Ball protection should be an advantage for the Raptors. They rank 4th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 12.6 percent). Conversely, the Nets force the fewest turnovers in the league (opponents’ turnover percentage of 11.9 percent).
Of Toronto’s 66 games, 34 have finished over the O/U total, while 37 of Brooklyn’s 67 games have finished under the projected point total. The Raptors have the substantial advantage straight up (SU) (49-17 vs. 21-46), but both teams have similar against the spread (ATS) records. Toronto is 38-28 ATS, while Brooklyn is 38-28-1 ATS.
Jonas Valanciunas has been playing at a high level over the last five games for Toronto, averaging 14.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
These two teams have met twice already this season, with the Raptors winning both. In the most recent matchup, the Nets lost 114-113 but covered as 7.5-point underdogs. Spencer Dinwiddie recorded 31 points, eight assists and five rebounds. The two teams combined to put up 227 points, which was 9.5 points above the projected point total of 217.5 points. Toronto had a better effective field goal percentage (0.475 vs. 0.450). Brooklyn, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (20.4 vs. 15.4).
Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets Free Prediction
- The Raptors average 48.2 points in the paint per game, which ranks sixth in the league. The Nets rank 22nd in points allowed in the paint per game (46.3).
- Toronto averages 32.9 three pointers per game, which ranks third in the NBA. Brooklyn ranks first in three pointers allowed per game (24.6).
- Toronto ranks 15th in rebounds allowed per game (42.8) while Brooklyn ranks last (46.3).
- Brooklyn is 16-15-1 ATS at home, while Toronto is 19-14 ATS on the road.
- In 33 road games, the Raptors have 19 overs and 14 unders.
- The Nets have 19 unders and 13 overs in 32 home games.
- Toronto is 23-5 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while Brooklyn is 12-1.
- The Raptors are 46-10 when they reach 100 points, while the Nets are 17-30.
- The Raptors average 12.8 second chance points per game, which ranks 14th in the NBA. The Nets rank 26th in second chance points allowed per game (13.4).
- Toronto ranks second in blocks per game (6.0) while Brooklyn ranks 28th in blocks allowed per game (5.8).
- The Raptors rank fourth in points off turnovers per game (18.2) while the Nets rank last (14.4).
- The Raptors rank eighth in fast break points per game (13.8) while the Nets rank ninth in fast break points allowed per game (10.9).
- Toronto ranks eighth in steals per game (8.1) while Brooklyn ranks 29th (6.2).
- Brooklyn is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Toronto is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
- The Nets’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 6.0, up from 4.3 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Raptors have scored an average of 114.0 points per game (1.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 103.6 points per game (0.2 above their season average).