Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets - 5/4/14
Brooklyn Nets (44-38) at Toronto Raptors (48-34)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -3 -- Over/Under: 189.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets face off in a dramatic Game 7 at the Barclays Center today.
Following the trend of the playoffs this season, the Nets and the Raptors suit up for a Game 7 finale. Deron Williams led the way with 23 points and Joe Johnson had 17 as the Nets busted out of the gates early and kept their foot on the gas till late in the game. It was good to see significant contributions across the board on the offense end, but I'm more impressed with the defense that held the Raptors to just 38.5 percent shooting and just 59 points through three quarters before easing off in the fourth. The game didn't come without its scares though as the Nets had their hearts in their mouths when Williams fell to the floor clutching his left ankle, but he remained in the game and ended up playing 38 minutes.
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For the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan led the way with 28 points and Kyle Lowry had just 11 after pouring in 36 in the Raptors' Game 5 win, but you can't exactly blame him for not showing up because no other player even finished in double figures in scoring. Overall, the Raptors just didn't match the Nets' level of urgency from the tipoff and found themselves down by 26 points midway through the third quarter. Now they might seem like outsiders to win the decider today, but they've actually won their last two at home in this series, so this one could go either way.
In ATS trends, the Nets are 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Toronto and the Road team is 4-1-1 ATS in this series.
This one is a complete coin toss, but I have to stick with the team with the momentum, so I'm taking the Nets with the points here.