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Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets 12/16/22 NBA Picks, Predictions, Odds

Brooklyn Nets (17-12) vs. Toronto Raptors (13-15)
December 16, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Toronto Raptors +2; Over/Under: +226.5
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The Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors duke it out at the Scotiabank Arena on Friday night.

The Brooklyn Nets have been in great form as they’ve won eight of their last nine games overall and they will be gunning for a fifth straight victory after routing the lowly Wizards in a 112-100 road win on Monday. Kevin Durant led the way with 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Kyrie Irving added 24 points with five assists while TJ Warren chipped in with 12 points off the bench. As a team, the Nets shot 49 percent from the field and eight of 27 from the 3-point line as they took the early lead and outscored the Wizards in every quarter to win comfortably despite a rough night from their reserves. Seth Curry had a night to forget as he scored just three points on one of seven shooting off the bench.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have been in a slump as they’ve lost six of their last eight games and they will be hoping to snap a three-game skid after falling painfully short to the Kings in a 124-123 loss on Wednesday. Fred VanVleet led the way with 39 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Scottie Barnes added 27 points with seven rebounds and 10 assists while Pascal Siakam chipped in with 19 points and six assists. As a team, the Raptors shot 50 percent from the field and just six of 21 from the 3-point line as they went back and forth with the Kings in a game where they led by as many as 16 points, but they never put the Kings away and it cost them as they leaked 36 points in the fourth quarter to allow the Kings to snatch the game from them in a tight finish.

Looking at the betting trends, the Nets are 4-10-2 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a win of more than 10 points. The Raptors are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the under is 4-0 in the last four meetings overall, the Nets are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Toronto and the Nets are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall.

The Nets could be shorthanded in the backcourt as Patty Mills and Seth Curry are both questionable for this one, while the Raptors will be missing Precious Achiuwa, Otto Porter Jr and OG Anunoby. The Nets come into this one as one of the hottest teams in the league while the Raptors are getting desperate for a win just to get their season back on track. The Nets are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings and I think that trend continues here as the Nets win and cover the short line.

Peter Tran's Free Pick: Brooklyn -2

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