Atlantic Division foes will battle when the Brooklyn Nets (15-24) clash with the Toronto Raptors (27-10) at Barclays Center. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 218 points with Toronto set as a 7.5-point favorite. Action starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, January 8, 2018, and it can be seen on YES Network.
Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets ATS Preview
The Raptors had no trouble getting past the Milwaukee Bucks in their last outing, 129-110. With 20 points and 13 rebounds, Jonas Valanciunas had a good outing for Toronto. Toronto dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 34.3 (above their season average of 22.7) and a turnover percentage of 10.1 (better than their season average of 12.0). Milwaukee was 13.9 and 10.9, respectively, for those same stats.
The last time the Nets played, they were dismantled by the Boston Celtics, 87-85. With 10 points and 12 rebounds, Brooklyn’s Joe Harris had a good outing. Boston had a turnover percentage of 3.7 (better than their season average of 12.5). Brooklyn, meanwhile, did a great job of converting from the free throw line (19-22; 86.4 percent).
Brooklyn might struggle to find the bottom of the net as they clash against one of the NBA’s best defenses. Toronto currently ranks fifth in defensive efficiency while the Nets rank 22nd in offensive efficiency. Additionally, the Raptors rank fourth in turnover percentage (13.1 percent), while the Nets rank 29th in opponents turnover percentage (12.3 percent).
Of Toronto’s 37 games, 19 have finished over the projected point total, while 22 of Brooklyn’s 39 games have finished under the projected point total. The Raptors have the substantial advantage straight up (SU) (27-10 vs. 15-24), but both teams have comparable against the spread (ATS) records. Toronto is 22-15 ATS, while Brooklyn is 24-15 ATS.
These teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined for 207 points in that game, which was under the projected point total of 218.5. The Raptors won 120-87, covering as 13-point favorites. The Raptors dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinarily low turnover percentage of 7.3 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.2. The Nets put up marks of 20.7 and 15.0, respectively, for those same stats. Kyle Lowry played a huge role in the victory, recording a a triple-double with 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Raptors, ATS Winner – Raptors, O/U – Under
- The Raptors rank sixth in rebounds allowed per game (41.6) while the Nets rank 29th (45.6).
- Toronto ranks fifth in fast break points per game (14.1) while Brooklyn ranks 15th (10.4).
- Toronto ranks fourth in points in the paint per game (48.2) while Brooklyn ranks 18th in points allowed in the paint per game (45.3).
- Both of these teams like to shoot the three. Brooklyn is second in the NBA with 33.9 three pointers per game while Toronto is fourth with 32.1 threes per game.
- Brooklyn is 11-7 ATS at home, while Toronto is 13-9 ATS on the road.
- The Raptors have 11 overs and 11 unders in 22 road games.
- The Nets have 10 unders and 8 overs in 18 home games.
- Toronto is 11-3 when they allow under 100 points, while Brooklyn is 10-1.
- When reaching the century mark, the Nets are 11-17 and the Raptors are 26-5.
- The Nets rank 15th in second chance points per game (12.2) while the Raptors rank 25th in second chance points allowed per game (13.3).
- Toronto averages 5.8 blocks per game, which ranks second in the league. Brooklyn ranks 27th in blocks allowed per game (5.6).
- The Raptors rank fifth in steals per game (8.8) while the Nets rank 29th (6.3).
- The Nets rank fifth in assists allowed per game (20.9) while the Raptors rank 12th (22.4).
- Toronto ranks first in points off turnovers per game (19.4) while Brooklyn ranks 25th (14.8).
- Brooklyn is 5-0 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Toronto is 3-2 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
- The Nets have outscored opponents by an average of 4.6 points in their last five games. For the season, Brooklyn has been defeated by an average of 2.3 points.
- During their last five games, the Raptors have scored an average of 120.4 points per game (8.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 114.8 points per game (10.8 above their season average).