Atlantic Division foes will clash when the Toronto Raptors (41-16) meet the Brooklyn Nets (29-28) at Scotiabank Arena. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 226.5 points with Toronto opening as a 10.5-point favorite. Action starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, February 11, 2019, and it can be seen on YES Network.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Preview
The Nets lost big to the Chicago Bulls in their last matchup, 125-106, despite being 8-point favorites. With 23 points on 8-for-21 shooting, D’Angelo Russell led Brooklyn in scoring. Chicago held the Nets to an offensive rebounding percentage of 12.5 (below their season average of 24.7). Brooklyn, meanwhile, forced the Bulls into a turnover percentage of 14.3 (above the 11.2 mark opponents have averaged against Brooklyn this season). The two teams combined to put up 231 points, which finished over the projected point total of 227.5.
The last time the Raptors took the court, they defeated the New York Knicks, 104-99, but they were unable to cover as 14-point favorites. Toronto received a boost from Serge Ibaka, who contributed 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Raptors knocked down 24 of their 29 free throws (82.8 percent) and had a better turnover percentage (10.8 vs. 12.0). The two teams collectively scored 203 points, which finished under the projected point total of 215.5.
Toronto could dominate on the defensive side of the ball as they go head-to-head against one of the worst offenses in the NBA. The Raptors currently rank fourth in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.509), while Brooklyn is 21st in effective field goal percentage (0.519).
Of Brooklyn’s 57 games, 29 have finished over the projected point total, while 30 of Toronto’s 57 games have finished over the projected point total. The Raptors have the superior straight up (SU) record (41-16 vs. 29-28), but the Nets hold the clear advantage against the spread (ATS) (31-26 vs. 26-30-1).
These two teams have met twice already this year, each winning once. Russell scored a game-high 24 points in the most recent matchup, in which the Nets lost 122-105, unable to cover as 10-point underdogs. The two teams combined for 227 points, which was just 2 points above the projected point total of 225 points. The Raptors played a nearly flawless game. They had an extraordinarily low turnover percentage of 7.2 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.4. For those same stats, the Nets recorded marks of 14.4 and 17.6, respectively.
Toronto ranks eighth in steals per game (8.4) while Brooklyn ranks 25th (6.7).
Brooklyn ranks third in three pointers allowed per game (29.0) while Toronto ranks seventh (29.6).
The Nets rank 10th in rebounds per game (46.1) while the Raptors rank 14th in rebounds allowed per game (44.7).
Brooklyn is 16-11 ATS on the road, while Toronto is 13-14 ATS at home.
Toronto is 3-2 ATS with 5 unders in its last five games.
Over its past five outings, Brooklyn is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Raptors’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.0, up from 5.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Nets have scored an average of 107.6 points per game (3.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 117.4 points per game (5.4 above their season average).