Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 4/26/2014
Sunday, April 27, 7:00 PM on TNT, YES
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
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Nobody could blame the Raptors for being a little distracted Friday night with Rihanna in the crowd rooting on the Nets, but they nonetheless find themselves at a 1-2 disadvantage heading into Sunday's contest in Brooklyn. No word on if she will be in attendance but Raptors coach Dwane Casey hopes his teams' ball handling skills make an appearance as Toronto had 19 turnovers that loomed large in a 98-102 loss.
Brooklyn still has home court advantage after winning in the Barclays Center and stealing game 1 at the Air Canada Centre. The Nets have a unique roster featuring a bevy of players that can hurt you at any time. The sharp-shooting Joe Johnson had 24,18, and 29 points in the first three games while Deron Williams has chipped in 24,15, and 22. Paul Pierce has taken on the Mariano Rivera roll to close out games and Kevin Garnett, despite poor numbers so far, has hit big-time shots throughout his career.
The Raptors have largely been led by the DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. The dynamic duo has scored 125 of Toronto's 285 points so far (44 %). Center Jonas Valanciunas has scored double digits each game but it's certain the offense runs through the electric backcourt.
The underdog is 2-0-1 so far in the series with the home team being favored in each game. That trend holds true for Sunday with Brooklyn listed at -4.
Toronto is 25-15-1 ATS on the road this season
Toronto is 20-21-0 against the over/under on the road this season
Brooklyn is 24-17-0 ATS at home this season
Brooklyn is 23-17-1 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
No injuries to report at this time
12/22/13 C Brook Lopez Foot out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Brooklyn
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