Brooklyn Has Won Three in a Row
The Brooklyn Nets try to extend their three-game winning streak when they face the visiting Toronto Raptors in a battle between division rivals on Friday night.
Brooklyn is coming off a home win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday and is in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, percentage points behind the Raptors.
Toronto had a two-game winning streak snapped by the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday and is trailing the second-place Philadelphia 76ers by a half-game entering Friday’s action.
Both teams want to move up in the division, so this should be a good contest, one you will want to read our in-depth preview for before you make any bet online.
Defense Fails Raptors in Blowout Loss
The Toronto Raptors are usually a very solid defensive team, but they couldn’t keep the New Orleans Pelicans in check on Wednesday night, as they were routed by 18 points. New Orleans shot 52.3% from the floor, including 42.4% from 3-point range, in riddling the Raptors’ defense throughout the contest.
Toronto was also hurt by the disappearance of guard Fred VanVleet, who managed just two points in 20 minutes of playing time before getting ejected from the game for his second technical foul in the third quarter. VanVleet is averaging 17.5 points and 6.6 assists per game this season.
Forward Pascal Siakam leads the Raptors in scoring and rebounding this season with 24.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. He’s also dishing out 7.1 assists per contest, though he’s only played in 11 games this season due to various injuries.
Forward O.G. Anunoby has been playing well also, scoring 18.7 points and grabbing 6.0 rebounds per game. Anunoby is a presence defensively, averaging 2.3 steals and 1.0 blocks.
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Durant Heating Up for Nets
Kevin Durant is always a difficult defensive assignment for any team playing against the Brooklyn Nets. But the All-Star forward is really heating up of late, scoring a season-high 45 points on Monday night before going for 39 points in Wednesday’s win over the Washington Wizards.
“I am just playing care-free basketball,” Durant said after Wednesday’s win. “I think that’s the best way to play. Sometimes when you want to win too much, you get in your way, you distract yourself, you worry about the results too much.”
Durant is averaging 30.4 points this season, ranking sixth in the NBA heading into Friday’s action. The 34-year-old is also averaging 6.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.7 blocks per contest while shooting 35.5% from 3-point range.
Guard Kyrie Irving is also humming along offensively, averaging 24.7 points and 4.3 assists per contest. Irving had 27 points in Wednesday’s win, his sixth straight game of 20 or more points.
Guard Ben Simmons won’t be playing in this game due to a minor knee injury suffered in Monday’s win over the Orlando Magic. Simmons leads the team with 5.8 assists per game, so Irving may need to move into more of a playmaking role until Simmons is ready to return.
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Raptors vs Nets Head-To-Head
The Brooklyn Nets have won the first two matchups between these teams this season, including a win at home on Oct. 21. The Toronto Raptors had won two in a row against Brooklyn heading into this season, as the two teams split last year’s four-game season series.
Toronto has a 60-46 lead in the all-time series, including taking 20 of 32 matchups before Brooklyn got a win near the end of the 2020-21 campaign. A look at the NBA lines for Friday’s game shows that the Nets are favored to stay perfect against the Raptors this season with a win.
Raptors vs Nets Game Information
- Game: Raptors (11-10) vs Nets (12-11)
- Location: Barclays Center, New York City, NY
- Day/Time: Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Raptors vs Nets Live stream: NBA Game Pass
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Raptors vs Nets Picks & Prediction
The Toronto Raptors have had some defense troubles this season, and now they face Durant, one of the top scorers in the game. The Brooklyn Nets should have enough offense to pull out a narrow victory on Friday night.
When doing your NBA betting, take Brooklyn to win and cover at home.
The Brooklyn Nets are listed at -125 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Brooklyn Nets, you have a chance to win $80. The Toronto Raptors are +105, offering a chance to win $105 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Brooklyn Nets a 55.56% chance to win, with Toronto Raptors at 48.78%.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.
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Nets vs Raptors Previous Game (Nov. 23, 2022)
One thing you can say about the Brooklyn Nets: they’re interesting. It’s hard to take your eyes off them – good, bad, or otherwise. Lately, it’s been mostly good, as the Kyrie Irving situation is settling down and Ben Simmons is playing better basketball, giving the Nets some hope for a stretch of normalcy.
The Toronto Raptors are just the opposite. A model of mediocrity (albeit with a bevy of injuries), they’ve yet to have a winning or losing streak of more than two games. As they try for revenge for an early-season setback in Brooklyn, we look at all the ways for you to place a bet online at the sportsbook.
Toronto leads the NBA in second-chance points, a category in which Brooklyn has been getting pounded lately. However, the Barnes injury is one to watch. He had 28 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to keep the Raptors around in their OT loss to Atlanta.
The Nets are hard to figure night in and night out. Who knows what controversy might develop on the flight to Canada. Given that they check in to their hotel without any issues, they’ll still have to contend with tired legs. Brooklyn is already 1-3 on the second half of back-to-backs after going 3-11 last season (1-5 on the road).