Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets - 4/27/14
Toronto Raptors (48-34) at Brooklyn Nets (44-38)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -4 -- Over/Under: 192 See the Latest Odds
The Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors face off in Game 4 tonight.
The Nets were able to recapture home-court advantage with a hard-fought 102-98 win over the Raptors in Game 3 thanks to yet another big night from Joe Johnson who led the way with 29 points. Deron Williams added 22 points and Paul Pierce had 18, but all in all it was a solid team effort as the Nets took control late in the first half and never looked threatened untl the Raptors made their run late in the final minutes.
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Speaking of the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan led the way with 30 points but had very little support as Patrick Patterson added 17 while Kyle had just 15. The Raptors needed more from Jonas Valanciunas but he battled foul trouble all game and could never find his rhythm, while Terrence Ross has yet to find his shot in this series, scoring just five points after totalling just five in the first two games. The bottom line is that Toronto need to find someone, anyone to inject some life into the team or they'll find themselves down 3-1 in this series at the final buzzer tonight.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 2-5-2 ATS in their last nine games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five Conference Quarterfinals games, while the Nets are 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record but 0-4 ATS in their last four home games.
In what will be the biggest game of the series, you'd expect the Raptors to hit the ground running and play this game with the highest level of urgency, but the Nets have been the far superior team in this series and should be able to take care of business at home.