Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/30/14 Game Five
Brooklyn Nets (44-38) at Toronto Raptors (48-34)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -3 -- Over/Under: 190.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: WWOR, TSN, NBATV
The Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors will play a critical game five of the NBA playoffs on Wednesday.
The Nets blew game four by shooting only 20 percent from beyond the arc and scoring only 12 points in the fourth quarter. Joe Johnson contributed only seven points in the loss, which were the fewest points he’s scored in 28 games. The Nets usually rely a great deal on the three-ball, but are shooting just 26.5 percent from downtown in their last five games. Paul Pierce is shooting just 28.6 percent from deep in this series. Defensively, the Nets are allowing 97.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting in their last five games and are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games when scoring less than 100 points. The Brooklyn Nets are 43-42-1 ATS overall and 18-23-1 ATS on the road.
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The Raptors finally played a clean game four, turning the ball over only 10 times. The Raptors offense, however, is still a work in progress as they’re shooting just 43.9 percent from the field and 28.3 percent from three in their last five games. The Raptors scored a combined 32 points in the second and third quarter of the game four win. DeMar DeRozan is doing most of the heavy lifting for the Raptors, scoring 84 points in the last three games of this series. Defensively, the Raptors are allowing 93 points on 44.5 percent shooting in their last five games. The Toronto Raptors are 48-34-4 ATS overall and 21-19-3 ATS at home.
The Nets are 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Raptors are 5-1-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-3-2 ATS in their last 5 home games. The underdog is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
This series is really as up and down as it gets and you’re never quite sure what to expect in any given game. However, the Raptors know they control their own destiny with home court and have the most dominating player in this series in DoRozan.
With that being said, I’ll take the Raptors and the small chalk.