Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets - 4/19/14 Game One
Brooklyn Nets (44-38) at Toronto Raptors (48-34)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -2 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds
The Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors will meet Saturday afternoon to begin the 2014 NBA playoffs.
The Nets finished the regular season losing four of their last five games, but should enter this matchup with a healthy roster. The one player to check up on before wagering is Shaun Livingston, who missed the last five games with a toe injury. On the season, the Nets average 98.5 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allow 99.5 points on 45.8 percent shooting. The Nets have won 19 of their last 22 games when scoring 100 or more points. The Brooklyn Nets are 42-40 ATS overall this season and 17-23 ATS on the road.
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The Raptors finished the season strong by winning six of their last eight games to lock up the third seed in the East. On the season, the Raptors average 101.3 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allow 98 points on 45 percent shooting. The Raptors have been an above average three ball shooting team at 37.2 percent on the season, but they’ve shot 41.5 percent from downtown in their last five games. The Raptors have won 12 of their last 14 games when holding their opponent under 100 points. The Toronto Raptors are 46-33-3 ATS overall and 21-18-2 ATS at home.
The Nets are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Raptors are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Nets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Toronto, while the home team is 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
While the Nets are the more talented team, you have to think about the atmosphere in Toronto. The Raptors fans have been waiting for a game like this for the longest time, and the place is going to be nuts. With that said, I believe the crowd is going to help the Raptors get game one to start the playoffs right.
Take Toronto and the small chalk.