Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets - 12/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brooklyn Nets (10-12) at Toronto Raptors (19-6)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -11 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Brooklyn Nets travel to the Air Canada Center to take on the Toronto Raptors tonight.
The Brooklyn Nets looked to be turning their season around with a couple blowout wins over the Sixers and the Hornets, but they fell back to earth last night when they lost to the Heat by 95-91. Mason Plumlee scored 21 points, Joe Johnson added 16 while Deron Williams had 15 points and 11 assists but the rest of the team struggled as the Nets lost to the Heat who were playing without their leading scorer, Chris Bosh. The biggest problem for the Nets was Dwyane Wade who was questionable to play the game, but decided to suit up and pour in 28 points for which the Nets had no answer. With the loss, Brooklyn drops to 10-13 overall and 5-7 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have won six of their last eight overall and are going for a fourth straight after taking down the Magic by 95-82 on Monday. Kyle Lowry continued his hot form with 17 points and eight assists including four threes, while Louis Williams added 18 points off the bench as the Raptors overcame a slow start to the game and won by dominating the Magic in a 51-30 second half. With the win, Toronto improves to 19-6 overall and 12-3 at home where they've won their last three.
In ATS trends, the Nets are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, while the Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a losing road record and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against the Eastern Conference.
Head to head, the Nets are 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings in Toronto.
It's a little surprising that we're this deep into the season and this is actually the first time these two teams will meet, but what shouldn't be a surprise is that the Raptors are favored by double digits at home. I would be shocked if we saw anything but an easy win for the Raptors here, especially against a Nets team playing their fourth game in five nights.