Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets
NBA: Wednesday, February 12, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, 7:30 PM ET
The red-hot Toronto Raptors head to Barclays Center on Wednesday night to take on the Brooklyn Nets. The reigning champs are riding a 15-game winning streak, while the Nets have won six of their previous nine contests, so we expect to see a great battle between two Atlantic Division foes.
The Raptors and Nets will meet for the fourth and final time this regular season, and the Raptors have won all previous three encounters including a 119-118 home victory four days ago. Toronto has a chance to sweep the Nets for the fourth time in five seasons.
The Raptors easily outlasted the Timberwolves at homeThe reigning champions are coming off a 137-126 home victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves this past Monday. After a one-point deficit at halftime, the Raptors tightened up their defense and easily defeated the Timberwolves. Toronto shot terrific 57.3% from the field and 51.5% from beyond the arc while tallying 35 fast break points and 60 points in the paint. Pascal Siakam tortured the T-Wolves for 34 points, six boards, and five assists, while Kyle Lowry added 27 points and 11 dimes.
"I think we can win right?" Raptors coach Nick Nurse said of his squad. "I think these guys have proven enough that they can win. We've hada lot of injuries this year, but they just keep stepping up and playing and we've just gotten used to it.
The Raptors missed Marc Gasol (hamstring), Norman Powell (finger), and Serge Ibaka (illness) on Monday. Gasol and Powell remain on the sidelines, while Ibaka is listed as questionable to play against the Nets. Despite all their injury problems, the Raptors hold the second seed in the East and are topping the Atlantic Division two games ahead of the Boston Celtics. The Bucks’ top seed is probably elusive, but the Raptors will give everything they have to keep No. 2 seed and retain the division title.
The Nets upset the Pacers to get back on the winning pathAfter a 119-118 defeat in Toronto on Saturday, the Nets bounced back with a 106-105 road victory over the Indiana Pacers. They trailed for most of the fourth quarter including a four-point deficit with 1:24 left on the clock, but they found a way to escape with a victory. Spencer Dinwiddie scored the crucial basket with five seconds to go, finishing the game with 21 points and 11 assists, while DeAndre Jordan added 11 points and 19 rebounds off the bench.
"I thought our defense was great in the fourth quarter. We only turned it over twice," Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. "Guys made plays. That's what it all comes down to in the NBA, at the end of the game, you make plays."
The Nets continue to play with Kyrie Irving who will remain sidelined against the Raptors due to a knee injury. Spencer Dinwiddie is leading the way for the Nets in Kyrie’s absence, while Caris LeVert has played well recently including a 37-point performance in that narrow loss in Toronto. The Nets are still No. 7 seed in the East, six games behind the sixth-seeded Indiana and a couple of games ahead of the eighth-seeded Orlando. They have to stay ahead of the Magic and avoid the first-round clash with the mighty Bucks.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: Toronto:
- 2-4 ATS in the last six road games against the Eastern Conference
- 2-5 ATS in the last seven games following an ATS win
- 2-7 ATS in the last nine contests following a straight-up win of 10 or more points
- 6-1 ATS in the last seven games overall
- 4-1 ATS in the last five games at home