Toronto Raptors (27-10) at Brooklyn Nets (15-24)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets +7.5 -- Over/Under: 217 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets meet Monday in NBA action at the Barclays Center.
The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112.1 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 45.4 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 25 points and 4.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.2 points and 6.9 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won five of their last seven road games.
The Brooklyn Nets could use a win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 106.4 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 108.7 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 14.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 13 points and 6.4 assists. DeMarre Carroll is the third double-digit scorer and Caris LeVert is dishing 4.2 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.7 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have split their last six home games.
The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Monday games, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Brooklyn, 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I know the Toronto Raptors are moving up the rankings for a lot of people, and they've been rather consistent all season, but this is a lot of points to throw the Nets just because they're the Nets. The Nets have covered each of their last five games and are 9-4 ATS this season when an underdog by at least seven points. At home, the Nets are a rather decent team that scores above average and finds itself in close games often. Give me the points.