Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/22/14 Game Two
Brooklyn Nets (44-38) at Toronto Raptors (48-34)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -4.5 -- Over/Under: 187.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN, NBATV
The Toronto Raptors will look to even the series against the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday night in game two of the NBA playoffs.
Despite the Nets making just four of 24 threes, they received a combined 48 points from Joe Johnson and Deron Williams to steal home court advantage. The Nets forced 17 turnovers in the victory, which has become their bread and butter this season, as they’re forcing 15.1 turnovers on the year. The Nets are now 7-2 SU in their last nine games when scoring 94 or more points, and Paul Pierce has scored in the double figures in seven straight games despite poor shooting as of late. The Brooklyn Nets are 43-40 ATS overall and 18-23 ATS on the road.
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The Raptors have now lost three of their last five games dating back to the regular season and didn’t play well at all in game one. The Raptors shot just 39.4 percent from the field, and DeMar DeRozan made three of 13 field goal attempts in the loss. Three of the Raptors last four losses have come when they’ve scored under 100 points, and it doesn’t help that they’re averaging 15.4 turnovers per game in their last five. Kyle Lowry is shooting 46.6 percent from the field in his last five games. The Toronto Raptors are 46-34-3 ATS overall and 21-19-2 ATS at home.
The Nets are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Raptors are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games. The home team is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings, while the underdog is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The Raptors still had a chance to win game one despite turning the ball a trucload of times and one of their best players struggling from the field. This is a must win for the Raptors, and I think they'll get it done in front of their home fans.
Take Toronto and the chalk.