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Nets vs Raptors NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors
- Where: Toronto at Scotiabank Arena
- Date: Friday, December 16th
- Betting Odds TOR +1.5, BKN -123 | TOR +101 O/U 227.0
So far, the Nets have put together an overall record of 17-12, while going 13-15-1 vs the spread. Across the Nets 4 game win streak, they have an average scoring margin of 6.25 points per game.
The Nets will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Wizards by a score of 112-100. Heading into the game, they were 6 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. In the game, Brooklyn outscored their opponent in every quarter. In the win, Kevin Durant led the team in scoring with 30 points on a field goal percentage of 64.7%.
So far, the Raptors have put together an overall record of 13-15, while going 14-14-0 vs the spread. Toronto will take the court having lost 3 straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -5.67 points per game.
The Raptors are coming off a dissappointing 124-123 loss to the Kings. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 5 points. Toronto let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. In the loss, Fred VanVleet led the team in scoring with 39 points on a field goal percentage of 52.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Nets averaged 113.0 points per game vs the Raptors. On the other side, Toronto saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Nets, as they averaged 118.5 points per game in these matchups. Spanning across the last 5 head-to-head matchups, the Nets and Raptors have been competitive, with an average margin of victory sitting at just -2 points per game. This has resulted in a 4-1 ATS record for Brooklyn. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 1-4. Combined, they averaged 218 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 29 games, the Nets are averaging 112.5 points per contest, placing them 17th in the NBA. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Nets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.2 per contest. Although the team tends to play at a more deliberate pace, they are currently one of the more efficient shooting teams, connecting on field goal attempts at a rate of 49.9%.
Against the Raptors, the Nets will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 18th in points allowed.
This season, the Nets offense has primarily worked through Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 28 games, Durant is 6th in the NBA at 30.0 points per game. So far, him and Irving have accounted for 46% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 55.2 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Kyrie Irving is grabbing 4.8 rebounds for Brooklyn to go along with 4.6 assists.
The Raptors come into today’s game as the 19th ranked scoring offense at 111.3 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Raptors will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.3 made 3’s per game. If Toronto continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 25th in the league in possessions per game.
Defensively, the Raptors are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.1 points per contest (7th).
Without OG Anunoby, Toronto will need Pascal Siakam to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the Brooklyn today. This season, Anunoby leads the team in scoring with 19.0 points per game. Siakam is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 24.6 points per game, which places him 21.0th in the NBA. In his 18 games, he has hit 47.7% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 8.5 rebounds per game.
Nets vs Raptors Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Nets -1.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 227.0