Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/25/14 Game Three
Toronto Raptors (48-34) at Brooklyn Nets (44-38)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -5 -- Over/Under: 191 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN, WWOR, ESPN2
The Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets will meet Friday night in a playoff battle for game three. The series is tied at 1-1.
The Raptors tied the series up with 100-95 win in game two on Tuesday. Despite shooting 47.4 percent from the field, it wasn’t a pretty win for the Raptors, as they turned the ball over 20 times. If you’re counting the Raptors have coughed the ball up 37 times in the first two games. The good news for Toronto is that DeMar DeRozan stopped sleepwalking, as he shot 42.9 percent from the field and scored 30 points in the game two win. The Raptors are 8-1 SU when scoring 100 or more points in their last nine games. The Toronto Raptors are also 46-34-4 ATS overall and 25-15-1 ATS on the road.
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The Nets did their job by reversing home court and will now return home, a place where they are 28-13 SU this season. The Nets played well enough to win game two as well, but shot just 29.2 percent from three. The Nets are a team that relies heavily on the three ball, shooting 36.5 percent on the season and 39.1 percent at home. One player who could improve his stroke is Paul Pierce, who is shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 18.8 percent from three in his last five games. The Nets have now lost four straight games when allowing 100-plus points. The Brooklyn Nets are 43-40-1 ATS overall and 24-17 ATS at home.
The Raptors are 0-2-2 ATS in their last 4 games overal and 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest. The Nets are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 home games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The home team is 7-3-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings, while the Raptors are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Brooklyn.
I like Brooklyn and the chalk. The Raptors turn the ball over way too much and could easily be down 2-0 right now. The Nets are nearly unbeatable on their home court and should blow this game wide open.