Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors
|Date & Time||Friday January 11, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto -9.5 -- Over/Under 220
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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 quietly been one the hottest teams in the league lately as they’ve won 13 of their last 17 games and they will be looking to stay hot after blowing past the Hawks in a 116-100 home win on Wednesday. D’Angelo Russell led the team with 23 points, DeMarre Carroll added 17 points while Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie each scored 16 points. As a team, the Nets shot 45 percent from the field and 10 of 30 from the 3-point line as they dominated the second half by 65-43 to cruise to an easy win after a slow start had them trailing by as many as 19 points in the second quarter. With the win, Brooklyn improved to 21-22 overall and 11-11 at home.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors haven’t been too bad themselves as they’ve won five of their last six games and they will be aiming for a fourth straight victory after sneaking past the Hawks in a 104-101 home win on Tuesday. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 31 points with six assists and six steals, Kyle Lowry added 16 points with six assists while OG Anunoby chipped in with 14 points off the bench. As a team, the Raptors shot 46 percent from the field and 10 of 32 from the 3-point line but they really couldn’t put the Hawks away until Serge Ibaka scored the go-ahead basket with 17 seconds left in the game. With the win, Toronto improved to 31-12 overall and 17-4 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Nets are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a win of more than 10 points, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Raptors are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
The Nets have really been on a nice run lately as they’ve climbed up the standings with 13 wins in their last 17 games and they have their eyes on an upset here after a nice tune-up game against the lowly Hawks in their last outing. The Raptors have continued to tally up the wins on a nightly basis and they’re only going to get better with Lowry back in the starting lineup. I expect the Raptors to be too good at home in this one, but these two teams have already met once this season with the Nets winning by 106-105 in overtime back on Dec 7, so I’ll be taking the Nets with the points here.