Raptors at Nets - 4/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (45-30) at Brooklyn Nets (34-40)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -2 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN2, YES
The Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets square off Friday night at the Barclays Center.
The Toronto Raptors look to stay hot after winning five of their last eight games. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 104.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting and are allowing 101.1 points on 46.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 19.5 points and 4.7 rebounds while Louis Williams is averaging 15.1 points and two assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.7 rebounds and Greivis Vasquez is dishing 3.7 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 48.3 percent in their last five games and have won five of their last seven games when scoring 100-plus points. The Raptors must win to continue to hold onto the third seed and still have an outside shot of getting the second seed.
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The Brooklyn Nets look to build on their five-game winning streak. On the season, the Nets are averaging 97.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting and are allowing 100.6 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Brook Lopez is averaging 16.8 points and 7.2 rebounds while Joe Johnson is averaging 14.8 points and 3.6 assists. Deron Williams is dishing 6.4 assists and Thaddeus Young is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 47.5 percent from the field during their winning streak and find themselves back in the thick of the playoff hunt. The Nets are currently tied for the seventh and eighth seed in the East. The Nets have won four of their last five games on their home court.
The Raptors are 9-20-1 ATS in their last 30 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Nets are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5-2 ATS in their last 9 home games. The Raptors are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Sure, the Nets are the more desprate team, but the Raptors are the far better team and are starting to hit their stride heading into the playoffs. I'll take the better team and the free bucket in a toss-up game.