Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors - 8/23/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors - 8/23/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors (56-19) at Brooklyn Nets (35-40)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 6:30 pm (HP Field House)

The Line: Brooklyn Nets +13 -- Over/Under: 217 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors meet Sunday in game four of NBA playoff action at the HP Field House.  

The Brooklyn Nets need a victory here to save their season and force a game five on Tuesday. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 100.3 points on 39.7 percent shooting and allowing 118.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot is averaging 17.7 points and four rebounds while Joe Harris is averaging 16.5 points and 10 rebounds. Caris LeVert is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Johnson is dishing 2.7 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 41.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game.

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The Toronto Raptors look to complete the sweep and move onto the next playoff series. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 118.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 100.3 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Fred VanVleet is averaging 25.3 points and 8.7 assists while Pascal Siakam is averaging 21 points and three assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 41.9 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49 rebounds per game.

The Raptors are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 playoff games as a favorite and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Nets are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 9-3 in Raptors last 12 overall. The under is 7-1-1 in Nets last 9 Sunday games. The Raptors are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Nets have put up a fight and they play hard, but there's a serious talent gap here and only so much this team can do. It also doesn't help that Joe Harris is no longer playing, which only adds to a ridiculous list of players out for the Nets. It only takes a couple of minutes for the Raptors to open this game up and the Nets just can't overcome a scoring drought. The Toronto Raptors are the defending champs and know how important it is to close series out as quickly as possible and get that rest / extra preparation for the next series. This should be a comfortable win for the Raptors, as the Nets just lack any sort of depth to hang around.

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Randy’s Pick Toronto Raptors -13

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.