Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets - 11/26/13
Brooklyn Nets (3-10) at Toronto Raptors (6-7)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -4 -- Over/Under: 189.5 See the Latest Odds
The Brooklyn Nets will try and end their losing streak against the Toronto Raptors tonight from Air Canada Center.
Head to head, the Nets are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Toronto while the home team is 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Nets on the other hand are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
If you hadn't watched basketball before and you just started tuning this season, you would swear the Brooklyn Nets were tied with the Utah Jazz and Milwaukee Bucks as the worst teams in the entire league. Predicted to finish atop of the Eastern Conference this season with the likes of Miami and Indiana, the Nets have been the single big disappointment through the first month of action, winning just three of their first 13 games and losers of five straight. Although injuries are too blame, however, Brooklyn looked just as bad with Deron Williams and Brook Lopez in the line than without. Statistically, the Nets are no better as they rank in the bottom third of the NBA in points, points allowed, rebounds and assists per game.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors are coming off back-to-back victories and their last game was all the way back on Friday, so they should be well rested for this game. The Raptors aren't perfect themselves, especially on the offensive end, yet, they are a top ten rebounding team and surprisingly they are the sixth best defensive team in the league, holding foes to just 96.5 points per game. Toronto is also coming off a good defensive performance against the visiting Washington Wizards on Friday, holding the visitors to just 88 points on 41 percent shooting.
How could you back the Nets here and feel good about it. They do have to turn things around soon, but this team is just a mess at the moment, every way you look at it. I think they will only improve with Lopez and Williams back in the lineup, but that's not tonight. Plus, as much as I bash the Raptors, they can be decent for stretches of the season, especially at home where they tend to lose to the good teams and beat up on the bad ones, which is what Brooklyn is now. If the Raptors get off to a quick start, this one could be over early...
Dan’s Pick: Toronto -4
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