Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors - 12/14/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
TV: NBA TV
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto -7.5
Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors (16-8, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) play the Brooklyn Nets (13-11, 4th in the Atlantic Division) at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday, December 14, 2019. Brooklyn opens this contest as 7.5 point underdogs. The O/U is set at 220.
The Nets cover the spread 54.2% of the time, having gone 13-11-0 ATS. Toronto is covering the spread 54.2% of the time, going 13-11-0 against the spread.
Key Brooklyn Nets Injuries
12/12/2019 Nicolas Claxton PF Hamstring Game Time Decision
12/11/2019 Caris LeVert SG Thumb Expected to be out until at least Dec 17
12/8/2019 Kyrie Irving PG Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Dec 17
10/31/2019 Kevin Durant SF Achilles Out for the season
Key Toronto Raptors Injuries
12/11/2019 Fred VanVleet SG Knee Game Time Decision
12/11/2019 Stanley Johnson SF Groin Game Time Decision
11/26/2019 Matt Thomas SG Finger Expected to be out until at least Dec 28
Taurean Waller-Prince comes into this game averaging 13.1 points per contest while playing 30.6 minutes per night this year. He grabs 6.1 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.3 assists per game. His FG percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage is 73%. Spencer Dinwiddie averages 20.8 points per contest in 29.8 minutes per game. He averages 6.2 assists per game and 3.0 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% for the season while his free throw percentage is 84%.
Fred VanVleet scores 18.0 points per contest while playing 36.6 minutes per game. He hauls in 3.8 rebounds per contest and has 7.0 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is at 88%. Pascal Siakam averages 24.5 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 36.8 minutes per game. He also brings in 8.3 rebounds per game and has 3.5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 82%.
Useful Team Statistics
Brooklyn averages 112.4 points per contest, which is 10th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -0.5 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a unit, which has them ranked 17th. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 23rd in the NBA. They average 47.4 boards per contest and 24.3 assists per game, which ranks them 5th and 15th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 10th with 15.8 per game. The Nets allow 112.9 points per contest, which is 19th in the NBA. They also surrender a 44% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 9th and 21st in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 45.3 rebounds a game which ranks 12th, and they allow 21.9 assists per game which puts them in 3rd place in the league. They force 13.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 6th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Toronto is 14th in the NBA with 110.8 points per contest this season. They are 19th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 5.29. They shoot 38% from beyond the arc, which is good for 4th in the league. They are 7th in the NBA in rebounding with 46.3 boards per contest and 9th in assists per game with 25.1. The Raptors are 12th in turnovers per contest with 15.6. The Raptors give up 105.5 points per game, which ranks them 7th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 42% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 2nd and 5th in those defensive statistics. They rank 24th with 25.5 dimes allowed per game and 30th with 48.6 boards surrendered per contest. The Raptors are 28th in the league in forcing turnovers with 16.7 per contest this year.
The Nets are 14th in the league in defensive rating with 109.8, and their offensive rating of 109.3 is ranked 16th. They are 10th in the NBA in pace with 102 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 14th. As a unit they are 15th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shot attempts, ranking 6th in the NBA. Brooklyn is 14th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 20th in the NBA.
Toronto is 10th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 30th in the NBA. The Raptors are 17th in the league in defensive rating with 103.7, and their offensive rating of 108.9 is ranked 5th. They are 13th in the NBA in pace with 100.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 11th. As a unit they are 12th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shot attempts, ranking 8th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Nets/Raptors NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Toronto -7.5
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