A pair of teams from the Atlantic Division clash on the hardwood in the Big Apple. The Toronto Raptors are on the road as they take on the Brooklyn Nets Friday night. Toronto defeated Philadelphia 113-102 at home in their last game Wednesday night. Brooklyn fell apart in a 114-112 home loss to the Thunder Wednesday night in their last contest. The Raptors own a 50-39 advantage in their all-time regular-season series between the teams and have won the last 12 meetings, including all four meetings last season. Toronto claimed a 116-112 win at home in the last matchup on March 23.
Toronto Raptors Try to Maintain Eastern Conference Lead
Toronto bounced back from a tough loss to the Nuggets by turning back a division rival in the 76ers. The Raptors opened up a four-game edge on Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division with the victory. Toronto trailed by six after the opening quarter, led by four at the half and saw their lead trimmed to one after three quarters. The Raptors regrouped as they outscored the 76ers 35-25 in the fourth to get the victory. Toronto shot 43 percent from the field, including eight of 29 from three-point range, and forced 21 Philadelphia turnovers. Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Raptors with 36 points, nine rebounds and five steals in the win. Toronto is 6-5-1 ATS on the road this season while the over is 6-6 in those contests.
The Raptors currently are 4th in the league by averaging 116.4 points per game. Toronto stands in the upper third of pack in the league on the glass, ranking 11th with 46 boards per game. The Raptors are 7th in the league in assists with 25.2 dimes a night. Toronto is 7th in scoring defense as they give up 108 points per game. Kawhi Leonard leads the team with 26.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Kyle Lowry contributes 14.6 points plus 10.1 assists a night while Serge Ibaka (16.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.24 blocks) and Fred VanVleet are solid contributors. Danny Green (9.8 points), Pascal Siakam (14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds), Jonas Valanciunas (12.8 points, 7.3 boards), OG Anunoby, Norman Powell and Delon Wright are all valuable pieces in the rotation for coach Nick Nurse. Powell injured his shoulder last month and is expected to miss four to six weeks. The Raptors are 2nd in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 49 percent from the field. Toronto is tied for 8th in the league by sinking 11.5 three pointers per game. The Raptors are tied for 21st in the league in three point shooting as they hit 34.4 percent from beyond the arc
Brooklyn Nets Hope to Stop Slide
Brooklyn let a big lead slip away as they ended up suffering their eighth straight defeat. The Nets now try to regroup after melting down in the final 12 minutes in the contest. Brooklyn led by two after the opening quarter, by 16 at the half and by 18 after three quarters before getting outscored 39-19 in the fourth. The Nets gave up the game-winning three-pointer with 3.1 seconds to play and couldn’t tie the game. Brooklyn shot 43 percent from the field and hit 15 of 36 from three-point range in the defeat while losing the rebounding battle 60-45. Allen Crabbe led the Nets with 22 points in the loss. The Nets are 4-9 ATS at home this season while the over is 8-5 in those games.
The Nets are 20th in the league in scoring offense with 108.7 points per game. Brooklyn is 17th in the league on the glass by collecting 45 rebounds per game. The Nets are 24th in the league in assists with 22.3 dimes per contest. Brooklyn is 15th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 111.1 points a game. Caris LeVert leads the team with 18.4 points per game in the first month of the season. Spencer Dinwiddie (15.7 points, 4.8 assists), Joe Harris (13.1 points), Jarrett Allen (12.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.42 blocks) and D’Angelo Russell (18 points, 5.7 assists) are all averaging in double figures for coach Kenny Atkinson. Rodions Kurucs, Kenneth Faried, Allen Crabbe, Ed Davis, Jared Dudley, Shabazz Napier and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson are all important pieces of the rotation for Brooklyn. The Nets are tied for 25th in the league by shooting 44.1 percent from the floor. Brooklyn is 4th in the league by sinking 12.1 triples per contest. The Nets are 19th in the league in three-point shooting as they shoot 34.8 percent from long range. LeVert dislocated his foot and suffered moderate ligament damage against the Timberwolves November 12 and is out indefinitely though he is expected to return this season.
- Nets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
- Nets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win
- Nets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
- Raptors are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400
- Raptors are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a losing home recor