Brooklyn Nets (11-16) at Toronto Raptors (18-8)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -11 -- Over/Under: 217.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors meet Friday in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.
The Brooklyn Nets look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 108.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 110.6 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 14.5 points and 5.9 rebounds while DeMarre Carroll is averaging 13.3 points and 7.2 rebounds. Allen Crabbe is the third double-digit scorer and Spencer Dinwiddie is dishing 6.6 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have split their last eight road games.
The Toronto Raptors look to keep the ball rolling after winning 11 of their last 14 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 110.7 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 103.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.7 points and 4.6 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.2 points and seven assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won seven straight home games.
The Nets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Raptors are 16-6 ATS in their last 22 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Nets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
I know the Raptors are a better team at home and the Brooklyn Nets are banged up and on the end of a back to back, but do you really want to lay double-digit chalk with Toronto? Yeah, me neither. The Raptors are just 1-3 ATS this season as double-digit favorites and haven't exactly been the most consistent team overall this season in terms of burying teams they should bury. I wouldn't touch this game personally, but if you're forcing me to pick, I'd take the Nets and the points.