Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 4/24/2014
Friday, April 25, 7:00 PM on ESP2
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
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After Brooklyn's 94-87 series opening win over the Raptors, the consensus was this is the Nets series to take, especially with how they were playing down the stretch before resting their aging roster. There's little doubt now as Toronto answered the bell on their home court, squeaking out a 100-95 win at the Air Canada Centre Tuesday to knot the series 1-1. The Nets and Raptors now descend on the Barclays Center to see if Toronto can steal home court advantage back.
Game 1 saw the Nets getting +3.5 points despite a majority of analysts picking them for the outright win. It seemed like it could have been a trap which might have led to a little over 50% of the betting public riding the Raptors. Toronto may have had playoff jitters with their young lineup because they were unable to pull away despite Brooklyn missing 19 straight 3-pointers at one point. The Nets proved you don't want to let a veteran team hang around as Paul Pierce scored 9 of his 15 points in crunch time and Brooklyn cashed in on the +150 moneyline with a 7 point outright win.
Despite the convincing game one loss, oddsmakers made Toronto 5 point favorites in the second matchup and a more calm, calculated Raptors showed up to save the series. The Nets had no answer for the slashing DeMar DeRozan as the guard scored 30 points including 12 of 14 from the FT line. Despite a push with a 100-95 score, the outcome may have been predictable considering the Raptors -220 ML and a Nets number that jumped from +150 in game one to +185 in game two.
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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