Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, Pick and Preview, October 21 (10/21): NBA

Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, Pick and Preview, October 21 (10/21): NBA

 

Odds

Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Raptors money line +120
Raptors spread +2.5 (-110)
Nets money line -140
Nets spread -2.5 (-110)
Over / under 226.5

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Toronto Raptors Brooklyn Nets
Record 1-0 0-1
Road / home record 0-0 0-1
Streak W1 L1
Points per game 108.00 108.00
Points allowed per game 105.00 130.00
Rebounds per game 38.00 39.00
Rebounds allowed per game 41.00 61.00
Over / under record 0-1 1-0
 

Preview

The Toronto Raptors travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets at the Barclays Center on Friday night. These teams met 4 times last season and they tied 2-2. The Raptors beat the Cavaliers in the season opener while the Nets lost against the Pelicans.

 

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors won their first game of the season against the Cavaliers in a close game as they beat them 108-105 at home. Pascal Siakam had 23 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out, O.G. Anunoby scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter. Gary Trent Jr. scored 19 points, and Scottie Barnes and Fred Van Vleet each had 15 points.

Defensively, the team looked good as they held the Cavs to 49.4% fg and 35.7% from long distance allowing 105 points.

In their last 10 games, the Raptors are 5-5, averaging 113.2 points, 47.1 rebounds, 23.5 assists, 8.6 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 46.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 104.9 points per game.

Brooklyn Nets

The Nets lost their first game of the season against the Pelicans and were outscored 130-108. Kevin Durant scored 32 points and it was basically a one-man show, with no other Nets player reaching double figures until the final two minutes of the third quarter. Patty Mills had 16 points and Irving had 15 on 6-for-19 shooting, including 0 for 6 from 3-point range.

Harris missed Wednesday's season opener and only played in one preseason game due to recovering from ankle surgery he underwent in March. He's probable vs Raptors while Curry is still out.

In their last 10 games the Nets are 5-5, averaging 117.4 points, 45.0 rebounds, 25.1 assists, 8.1 steals and 6.6 blocks per game while shooting 48.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.3 points per game

The team made some additions in the offseason as they signed Chris Chiozza (Warriors), T.J. Warren (Pacers) and Yuta Watanabe (Raptors) while retaining Kyrie Irving.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Toronto are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games against Brooklyn.

Toronto are 14-4 SU in their last 18 games against Brooklyn.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Toronto's last 9 games on the road.

Toronto are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Brooklyn.

Brooklyn are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Brooklyn's last 15 games.

Brooklyn are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games.

Brooklyn are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Raptors will continue to be a great defensive team as they were 3rd in the league last season in points allowed and they allowed 105 vs Cavs. The Nets will be hoping that Ben Simmons can return to his old good days, he didn't look great in the season debut. These teams tied 2-2 in their 4 meetings last season but the Raptors were 2-0 ATS in Brooklyn and for what I saw in their seasons openers I think the Raptors get here in better shape. Take the Raptors to cover the spread.

PICK: Raptors +2.5 (-110)

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