Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/2/14 Game Six
Toronto Raptors (48-34) at Brooklyn Nets (44-38)
NBA Basketball: Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -5 -- Over/Under: 191 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN, WWOR, ESPN2
The Brooklyn Nets try to save their season on Friday night when they host the Toronto Raptors in game six of the NBA playoffs. The Raptors lead the series 3-2.
The Raptors picked up a big game five win by knocking down 12 threes, forcing 14 turnovers and receiving 36 points from Kyle Lowry. With the 115-113 win, the Raptors improve to 9-1 SU in their last 10 games when scoring 100 or more points. While the Raptors showed an unusual offensive explosion in game five they’ve been winning this series on the defensive side, as they’re holding the Nets to 29.7 percent from beyond the arc and only 96.6 points. Keep in mind the Nets shot 36.5 percent from three in the regular season, which was one of the best in the Eastern Conference. The Toronto Raptors are 48-35-4 ATS overall and 27-15-1 ATS on the road.
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The good news for the Nets is that they did shoot 53.3 percent from the field in the game five loss. The bad news is that the Nets were outscored 34-19 in the second quarter. The Nets are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games when allowing 100 or more points. Besides the three ball issues, the Nets are playing fairly decent basketball, especially Joe Johnson who is shooting 56.2 percent from the field in this series and is averaging 21.6 points. Paul Pierce, however, has taken less than 10 shots in two of the last three games. The Brooklyn Nets are 44-42-1 ATS overall and 24-19 ATS at home.
The Raptors are 25-12-1 ATS in their last 38 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win. The Nets are 11-2-1 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Raptors are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Brooklyn.
There's no way the Nets get eliminated on their home court. I just don't see it. The Raptors have been shaky throughout the postseason and nearly blew game five despite having a 20-point-plus lead. Give me the Nets and the minor chalk.