Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction, 8/21/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets
Date: Friday, August 21, 2020
Location: The Field House in Orlando, Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto -9.5
The Field House is the venue where Jarrett Allen and the Brooklyn Nets will take on the Toronto Raptors on Friday in Game 3 of their series. The odds on this matchup have Toronto as 9.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 223.
Toronto leads the series 2-0 after winning Game 2 by a score of 104-99. Fred VanVleet once again led Toronto with 24 pts, 10 assists, and 5 boards. Jarrett Allen played really well in the loss for Brooklyn, tallying 14 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 dimes.
The Raptors cover the spread 57.5% of the time, having gone 42-31-1 ATS. Brooklyn is covering 51.3% of the time, going 38-36-0 against the spread.
Key Toronto Raptors Injuries
08/19/20 PF Oshae Brissett Knee is questionable Friday vs Brooklyn
08/06/20 SG Patrick McCaw Knee is out indefinitely
Key Brooklyn Nets Injuries
10/19/19 SF Kevin Durant Achilles is out for season
08/19/20 SF Joe Harris Personal is out indefinitely
08/19/20 G Jamal Crawford Hamstring is OUT Friday vs Toronto
07/19/20 SF Michael Beasley COVID-19 is out for season
07/12/20 SF Taurean Prince COVID-19 is out for season
07/09/20 PG Spencer Dinwiddie COVID-19 is out for season
06/29/20 SF Wilson Chandler COVID-19 is out for season
06/29/20 C DeAndre Jordan COVID-19 is out for season
06/28/20 PF Nicolas Claxton Undisclosed is out for season
02/20/20 PG Kyrie Irving Shoulder is out for season
OG Anunoby comes into this contest averaging 10.6 points per game while playing 29.9 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 5.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 71%. Fred VanVleet averages 17.6 points per game in 35.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 6.6 assists per contest and 3.8 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 41% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Jarrett Allen averages 11.1 points per game while playing 26.5 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 9.6 rebounds per game and has 1.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 65% and his free throw percentage is at 63%. Caris LeVert averages 18.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 29.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.2 rebounds per contest and 4.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 71%.
Useful Team Statistics
Toronto averages 112.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 14th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 6.2 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 19th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 5th in the league. They average 45.4 rebounds per game and 25.2 assists per game, which ranks them 11th and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 14th with 14.8 per game. The Raptors allow 106.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 1st in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 2nd and 1st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.1 rebounds a game which ranks 24th and they give up 25.6 assists per contest, which puts them in 26th place in the league. They force 16.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 29th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Brooklyn is 16th in the league with 111.8 points per game this year. They are 24th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -0.6. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 25th in the NBA. They are 2nd in the league in rebounding with 47.9 boards per game, and 15th in assists per contest with 24.5. The Nets are 8th in turnovers per game with 15.3. The Nets surrender 112.3 points per contest, which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 5th and 9th in those defensive statistics. They rank 3rd with 22.6 assists allowed per contest and 22nd with 45.9 rebounds surrendered per game. The Nets are 3rd in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 12.8 per game.
The Raptors are 14th in the league in defensive rating with 105, and their offensive rating of 111.1 is ranked 2nd. They are 11th in the NBA in pace with 100.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 8th. As a unit they are 8th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shot attempts, ranking 6th in the NBA. Toronto is 12th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 29th in the NBA.
Brooklyn is 13th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 25th in the league. The Nets are 22nd in the NBA in offensive rating with 108.9, and their defensive rating of 109.5 is ranked 9th. In terms of pace they are 9th in the league with 101.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 23rd. As a team they are 22nd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shots, ranking 5th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Raptors/Nets NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Toronto -9.5
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