Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors - 1/27/14
Toronto Raptors (22-21) at Brooklyn Nets (20-22)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Brooklyn Nets look to stay hot when they play host to the Toronto Raptors tonight.
The Nets have won 10 of their last 11 games and will be looking for a sixth straight win after beating the Celtics by 85-79 last night. Andray Blatche led the team in scoring with 17 points while Andrei Kirilenko and Alan Anderson chipped in with 11 points apiece as the Nets scrapped their way to an emotional victory as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett returned to their old stomping grounds for the first time this season. With the win, Brooklyn improve to 20-22 overall and 8-13 on hte road where they've won four of their last five.
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Meanwhile, the Raptors were going for a third straight win on Saturday, but fell by 126-118 to the Clippers despite a career-high 51 points from Terrence Ross. Jonas Valanciunas added 17 points and 12 rebounds while Kyle Lowry had 11 points and 12 assists, but there was just no stopping the Clippers' Jamal Crawford who had 37 points and 11 assists off the bench. To make matters worse, DeMar DeRozan played just 21 minutes before leaving with a foot injury when he landed awkwardly after a jumpshot in the second quarter and is expected to miss tonight's game.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games following a loss and 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games overall, while the Nets are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Head to head, the Raptors are 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings but the home team is 6-1-1 ATS in the last eight.
DeRozan didn't travel with the team to Brooklyn so the Raptors will have to find extra offense to get past the Nets but I get the feeling that won't happen tonight. The Nets have been red-hot lately and should be good enough to get the win but I'm actually going to take the Raptors with the points tonight.