Don’t expect a tight game tonight at Scotiabank Arena as the Raptors opened as 11.0 point favorites against the Nets. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.
Brooklyn comes into this game with the NBA’s 16th-ranked defensive rating. They’re giving up 112.0 points per contest and are 27th in field goals allowed and fourth in threes allowed. Offensively, they’re averaging 111.5 points and are 10th in rebounds and 19th in assists.
They’ve received big contributions this season from D’Angelo Russell, who is putting up 19.8 points per contest on 42.0% shooting.
On the flip side, Toronto has the league’s 8th-ranked offensive rating. The Raptors are averaging 113.8 points per game on 44.0% shooting and are 15th in rebounds and 15th in assists.
They’ve been paced this year by Kawhi Leonard, who is leading the Raptors with 26.9 points per game on 47.0% shooting, and Serge Ibaka, who is chipping in 16.0 points per game. The Nets will have their hands full with both players tonight.
Defensively, the Raptors are giving up 108.2 points per game and are 22nd in field goals allowed and fifth in three-pointers allowed. They’re letting opponents shoot 45.0% from the floor and 34.0% from deep.
These two teams have faced one another two times this season, with the Nets winning once. The last time they faced off on January 12th, 2019, Toronto won 122- 105 behind 20 points from Kawhi Leonard.
The Raptors are coming off of a 99-104 win vs the Knicks in New York in which they shot 14 for 35 from deep were out-rebounded 70-51. The Nets, meanwhile, are fresh off a 106-125 loss against the Bulls in Brooklyn in which they dished out 26 assists and scratched and clawed their way to nine swipes. D’Angelo Russell torched the Bulls for 23 points.
Overall, the Nets have won five of their last ten games and are sixth in the Eastern Conference, while the Raptors have have come out on the losing end of three of their last ten and are second in the Eastern Conference.
The 11.0-point spread isn’t the only angle you can take advantage of. Sportsbooks have also set a high over/under total of 227. Keep in mind that Brooklyn is 31-26-0 against the spread this season and 30-27-0 over/under, compared to 26-31-0 ATS and 30-27-0 over/under for Toronto.
Feeling intrigued? Tip off for tonight’s game is soon!