The Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets meet Friday in NBA action at the Barclays Center.
The Toronto Raptors look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 111.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 110.1 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Fred VanVleet is averaging 20.4 points and 4.3 rebounds while Pascal Siakam is averaging 19.2 points and 4.6 assists. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Norman Powell is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game.
The Brooklyn Nets look for a win after winning five of their last six games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 122.3 points on 50.1 percent shooting and allowing 117.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 30.8 points and 5.2 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 28.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. James Harden is the third double-digit scorer and Joe Harris is dishing 2.1 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 40.1 percent from beyond the arc and 81.9 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game.
The Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog. The Nets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite. The over is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 overall. The over is 20-8 in Nets last 28 overall. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Brooklyn. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Brooklyn.
The Toronto Raptors are playing better basketball as of late, but they’re still inconsistent as a whole and not a team I trust against the better teams in the league. The Brooklyn Nets still struggle defensively, but they’re on fire offensively, which includes winning their last five games by an average of eight points while shooting 52.9 percent from the field. I’ll lay the reasonable chalk with the Nets.