Toronto Raptors (21-5) at Brooklyn Nets (8-18)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets +8.5 -- Over/Under: 222 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets meet Friday in NBA action at the Barclays Center.
The Toronto Raptors look to keep the ball rolling after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 116.4 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 26.1 points and 8.6 rebounds while Serge Ibaka is averaging 16.5 points and 7.4 rebounds. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Pascal Siakam is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won their last five road games.
The Brooklyn Nets could use a feel good victory to snap an eight-game losing streak. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 108.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 111.1 points on 46.4 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 18 points and 5.7 assists while Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 15.7 points and 2.5 rebounds. Joe Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Jarrett Allen is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have lost their last eight home games.
The Raptors are 36-15 ATS in their last 51 vs. NBA Atlantic, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Nets are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raptors are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Brooklyn and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 12-5 in Raptors last 17 vs. Eastern Conference. The under is 4-1 in Nets last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
The Brooklyn Nets are being outscored by 6.8 points and are shooting under 40 percent from the field in their last five games. The Toronto Raptors are not only winning games to give themselves the best record in the league, but they've been covering some of these big numbers and are 7-5 ATS on the road this season. With the Nets not shooting wel lately, it's tough to see them snapping out of that funk against one of the top defenses in the league. I have to eat the chalk with Toronto on the road.