Brooklyn Nets (23-49) at Toronto Raptors (53-19)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -13 -- Over/Under: 220 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors meet Friday in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.
The Brooklyn Nets could use a feel good victory here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 106.2 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 110.4 points on 46.6 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 16.1 points and 4.9 assists while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie is the third double-digit scorer and DeMarre Carroll is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have lost 10 of their last 11 road games.
The Toronto Raptors look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 45 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.6 points and four rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.6 points and 6.7 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won five of their last six home games.
The Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Friday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Raptors are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest, 23-8 ATS in their last 31 vs. NBA Atlantic and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Nets are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings, the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Toronto.
You have to question just how motivated the Toronto Raptors are to blow the doors off a bottom feeder with the No. 1 seed pretty much locked up and the playoffs around the corner. Also, say what you want about the Brooklyn Nets, they have been a great team in terms of covering numbers. The Nets have not only covered four straight on the road, but they're an impressive 20-7 ATS this season when an underdog of at least seven points. Give me the points.