In Tuesday night’s Eastern Conference rematch, the Toronto Raptors (13-14) are facing off versus the Brooklyn Nets (19-8) at Barclays Center. Which contender will snap the other team’s two-game winning streak?
Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets news
Leading into tonight’s intraconference contest, the Raptors are 12-15 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA season, while the Nets are 11-15-1 against the spread. This game will air live at 7:30 p.m. ET through NBA League Pass and YES Network. Referring to Land of Basketball’s database, during the regular season all-time, these two Eastern Conference contenders have played one another 101 times. Toronto is 58-43 versus Brooklyn. Nonetheless, in the previous three head-to-head meetings, the Nets are 2-1 against them.
Plus, on Nov. 7, Brooklyn defeated Toronto with a final score of 116-103. In other news, the top story for tonight’s game is centered on a COVID-19 outbreak on the Nets. Today, the team has a total of eight players listed on the injury report. Due to the virus, LaMarcus Aldridge, James Johnson, Javon Carter and DeAndre’ Bembry were added to the protocol list, alongside Paul Millsap. To make matters worse, forward Kevin Durant is now on the injury report because of his ankle. By the time this game starts, the odds may shift in favor of Toronto.
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) December 14, 2021
Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets betting lines and odds
Point spread: Nets -8 (-110)
Best moneyline: Raptors +290, Nets -350
Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets injury report
Raptors: PG Goran Dragic (out indefinitely) | SF OG Anunoby (questionable) | C Khem Birch (out indefinitely) | C Precious Achiuwa (questionable) | SF Delano Banton (out)
Nets: C LaMarcus Aldridge (out) | PF Paul Millsap (out) | PF James Johnson (out) | PG Kyrie Irving (out indefinitely) | SF Joe Harris (out indefinitely) | SF Kevin Durant (questionable) | SF DeAndre’ Bembry (out) | PG Jevon Carter (out)
Raptors in Brooklyn to face the Nets tonight. https://t.co/u0UdRf6o7U
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) December 14, 2021
Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets preview
Additionally, in the Raptors’ 124-101 home win over the Kings, center Chris Boucher led his team in scoring, closing out his night with 17 points in 22 minutes on the court. Forwards Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakim each finished their performances with 16 points. In their 23-point blowout victory, the Raptors outscored the Kings 68 to 50 in the key. Toronto also had a total of 10 steals as well.
Not to mention, they shot 53-for-98 (54.1%) from the floor and 11-for-31 (35.5%) from three-point range. Toronto’s bench finally doubled their efforts at home. The team outscored Sacramento 40 to 23 in the second quarter, and they had a total of 70 first-half points. Following this win, the Raptors are now 6-9 at home, 7-5 away and 7-5 ATS away this season.
Based on ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Nets have a 77.9% probability of winning.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, in the Nets’ 116-104 road win over the Pistons, forward Kevin Durant scored a season-high 51 points in 41 minutes of action. Guard Patty Mills contributed 18 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 35 minutes, too. However, the Nets were outscored 46 to 38 in the free throw lane. Durant’s teammates have to elevate their offensive performances.
Even without James Harden, one player should never feel forced to have to carry a team like this. In the fourth quarter alone, Brooklyn outscored Detroit 30 to 13. After yet another convincing win on the road, the Nets are 11-3 away, 8-5 at home and 3-9-1 ATS at home this season. They have won seven out of their past 10 games.
Projected starting lineup
Raptors: PG Fred VanVleet | SG Gary Trent Jr. | SF Scottie Barnes | PF Pascal Siakim | C Chris Boucher
Nets: PG Patty Mills | SG James Harden | SF Day’Ron Sharpe | PF Kevin Durant | C Blake Griffin
Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets prediction
Furthermore, the total for tonight’s intraconference contest is set at 217. Pertaining to the spread consensus, 68% of gamblers are almost positive the Raptors will cover the spread at Barclays Center. According to the point total consensus, 53% of bettors are wanting the total to go over 217. Up until this point, Toronto is 6-5 as a favorite, 7-9 as an underdog and 7-5 ATS away, while Brooklyn is 17-7 as a favorite, 2-1 as an underdog and 3-9-1 ATS at home.
For noteworthy betting trends, the Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their previous five performances this season. On top of that trend, the team is 4-1 straight up in their last five games played. Next, Toronto is 4-2 ATS in the team’s past six games versus Brooklyn. And, the Raptors are 16-4 SU in their previous 20 matches against the Nets. The total has also gone under in four of their last five games versus Eastern Conference opponents.
As for the Nets, the total has gone under in five of their past five games. Also, the team is 0-5 ATS in their previous five contests at Barclays Center. To add to these betting statistics, the Nets are 5-1 ATS in their last six matches versus Atlantic Division opponents. Considering this aforementioned data, contemplate picking the Nets to win, but the Raptors will likely cover the spread. Before wagering, read through our handicap betting guide here at Basketball Insiders.
Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets betting pick
Pick the Nets to win, the Raptors will cover the spread and the total will go under 217. Brooklyn is a eight-point favorite at home with BetUS.
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