The Brooklyn Nets (23-27) will attempt to snap the 13-game winning streak of Toronto when they head to Scotiabank Arena to square off with the Raptors (38-14). Toronto opened as an 8.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 223 points. Action begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020, and it can be seen on The Sports Network.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors Odds Preview
In the Nets’ last contest, they had no trouble getting past the Golden State Warriors, 129-88, comfortably covering as 6-point favorites. Caris LeVert was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 8-for-20 shooting. The Nets had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 34.1 (above their season average of 22.7) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.580 (above their season average of 0.516). The two teams combined to put up 217 points, which finished under the O/U total of 222.5.
The Raptors will look to maintain momentum after defeating the Indiana Pacers in their last contest, 115-106, as 6-point underdogs. Toronto was lifted by Serge Ibaka, who was the game’s high scorer with 22 points on 9-for-17 shooting. The Raptors forced 20 turnovers and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.574 (above their season average of 0.535). The two clubs collectively scored 221 points, which was over the projected point total of 215.5.
Toronto could dominate on the defensive side of the ball as they battle against one of the worst offenses in the league. The Raptors currently rank third in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.502), while Brooklyn is 23rd in effective field goal percentage (0.517). It could also be an error-filled game for the offense of the Nets, which ranks 27th in ball protection (turnover percentage of 14.4 percent). They’ll be going up against the top-notch defense of the Raptors, which forces the second-most turnovers in the league (15.7 percent).
Of Brooklyn’s 50 games, 24 have finished over the projected point total, while 27 of Toronto’s 51 games have finished over the O/U total. The Raptors come into this game with a clear advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 38-14 SU and 28-22-1 ATS, while the Nets are 23-27 SU and 23-26-1 ATS.
These two teams have met twice already this season, with the Raptors winning both. Fred VanVleet scored a game-high 29 points in the most recent matchup, in which the Raptors, who were 2-point underdogs, defeated the Nets 121-102. He also recorded 11 assists. The two teams combined to score 223 points, which was 7 points above the projected point total of 216 points. The Raptors’ 6.0 turnover percentage was their largest strength over the Nets, who had a mark of 22.7.
Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – Raptors, ATS Winner – Raptors, O/U – Over
Toronto ranks second in points off turnovers per game (20.4) while Brooklyn ranks 24th (15.6).
Brooklyn ranks fourth in points in the paint per game (50.5) while Toronto ranks 15th (47.8).
The Raptors rank third in fast break points per game (18.2) while the Nets rank 14th (13.6).
Brooklyn is 8-14-1 ATS on the road, while Toronto is 15-11 ATS at home.
Toronto is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs, 1 under and 1 push in its last five games.
Across its last five outings, Brooklyn is 4-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Raptors’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 11.2, up from 6.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Nets have scored an average of 122.6 points per game (11.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 106.2 points per game (5.2 below their season average).