Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets - 4/30/14
Brooklyn Nets (44-38) at Toronto Raptors (48-34)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 3:33 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -4 -- Over/Under: 191 See the Latest Odds
The Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors face off again in a pivotal Game 5 on Wednesday.
After a sloppy performance in Game 3, the Raptors regrouped and were able to level the series with a 87-79 win in Game 4 on Sunday. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 24 points, Kyle Lowry had 22 points and Amir Johnson added 17 as the Raptors burst out of the gates to an early 17-point lead before squandering that lead and escaping with the narrow win. As a team, the Raptors shot just 41 percent from the field because of some ice-cold shooting in the second and third quarters, but they dominated the 20-12 fourth quarter thanks to their defense which held the Nets scoreless for the last 4:57 of the game.
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Speaking of the Nets, Paul Pierce scored 22 points while Kevin Garnett added 10, but Deron Williams and Joe Johnson combined for just 17 points for the game after combining for 51 in Game 3. As bad as those numbers sound, the Nets were still able to recover from the early 17-point deficit to level the score going into the fourth quarter, but they totalled just three for 17 in the penultimate quarter and now find themselves scratching their heads going into a crucial Game 5.
In ATS trends, the Nets are 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record and 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine games overall, while the Raptors are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 0-3-2 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Road team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings and the Under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Toronto.
The Raptors really look to have gotten over the nerves they were showing in Game 1 and you have to say that they're favorites to win the series now. As for this game, my initial thought was to take the Nets with the points here but the more I think about it, the more I'm liking the Raptors to take care of business at home.