The Brooklyn Nets host the Toronto Raptors on Monday evening at Barclays Center. Brooklyn is 32-29 overall this season but just 13-16 at home, and the two teams are battling for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference. Toronto is 32-27 overall and 16-14 in road tilts. OG Anunoby (finger) is out for the Raptors, with Fred VanVleet (knee) listed as questionable. Kevin Durant (knee), Kyrie Irving (ineligible), Ben Simmons (reconditioning) and Joe Harris (ankle) are out for the Nets.
Toronto is listed as a four-point road favorite for this 7:30 p.m. ET tipoff. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over-under, is 217 in the latest Raptors vs. Nets odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Before making any Raptors vs. Nets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Nets vs. Raptors, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Raptors vs. Nets:
- Nets vs. Raptors spread: Raptors -4
- Nets vs. Raptors over-under: 217 points
- Nets vs. Raptors money line: Raptors -170, Nets +145
- TOR: The Raptors are 22-15 against the spread in conference games
- BKN: The Nets are 15-20-1 against the spread in conference games
Featured Game | Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors
Why the Nets can cover
Toronto’s shortcomings could pave the way for Brooklyn to find success. The Raptors are No. 26 in the NBA in field-goal percentage, making only 44.2 percent of shot attempts. Toronto is only No. 28 in the league in 2-point accuracy (49.7 percent), and the Raptors are averaging only 21.9 assists per game. The Raptors are also in the bottom third of the league in free-throw attempts, averaging only 20.8 per game, and Toronto’s offense is below the NBA average in points per game and free-throw accuracy.
Brooklyn’s defense is strong at the 3-point line, with opponents shooting only 33.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Nets are also in the top eight of the NBA in blocked shots, averaging 5.3 rejections per game, and Brooklyn is better than average in field-goal percentage allowed (45.2 percent), assists allowed (23.7 per game) and 3-pointers allowed per game (12.2).
Why the Raptors can cover
Toronto is elite in several categories on both sides of the floor. The Raptors are No. 2 in the league in offensive rebound rate, securing more than 32 percent of their own missed shots on the glass. Toronto is averaging 16.2 second-chance points per game, No. 2 in the NBA, and the Raptors are in the top five of the league in fast-break points (15.0 per game) and turnover avoidance, giving the ball away on only 12.8 occasions per game.
On defense, Toronto forces 16.1 turnovers per game, No. 2 in the NBA, and the Raptors are in the top three with 9.1 steals per game. The Raptors are above-average in free-throw prevention this season, and Toronto is in the top seven of the league in fast-break points allowed at 11.2 per game. The Raptors also protect the paint with athleticism and physicality, allowing only 45.2 points per game in the lane.
How to make Raptors vs. Nets picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 219 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits more than 50 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
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