Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction, 2/5/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets
Date: Friday, February 5, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+5.5)
The Toronto Raptors (9-12) head to Barclays Center on Friday where they'll meet the Brooklyn Nets (14-9). Brooklyn opens this game as 5.5-point favorites. The total opens at 243.5.
The Toronto Raptors took the court against the Orlando Magic and walked away with a win by a score of 123-108 in their last game. Toronto ended the contest having earned a 48.2% FG percentage (40 out of 83) and made 20 out of their 45 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Raptors converted 23 of their 25 attempts for a percentage of 92.0%. With respect to rebounding, they collected 40 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 32 assists for this contest in addition to earning 14 steals and 4 blocked shots. When discussing defending, Toronto let their opponent shoot 46.1% from the field on 41 out of 89 shooting. Orlando doled out 24 dimes and had 4 steals in the game. Additionally, the Magic grabbed 46 boards (9 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Orlando shot 85.7% from the free throw line by converting 12 of their 14 attempts. They buried 14 out of their 38 attempts from three-point range.
Fred VanVleet is a player who was a factor for the contest. He left the arena with 54 points on 17 out of 23 shooting. He played for 37:06 minutes and totaled 3 boards. VanVleet finished the contest at 73.9% from the floor and also dished out 2 dimes. An additional guy that played a role in this matchup for the Raptors was Norman Powell. He had 2 boards and earned 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 46.7% from the floor for this contest by connecting on 7-of-15 (23 points). Overall, Powell played for 28:40 min.
Toronto comes into this contest with a win-loss mark of 9-12 on the year. They cough up possession 14.5 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 22.0 personal fouls every game. As a team, Toronto is collecting 43.0 rebounds per game and is sitting with 522 assists for the campaign, which ranks 12th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Raptors are shooting 37.8% on shots from distance (338 of 893) and 82.0% from the free throw line. They have an average of 111.8 pts per game (14th in the NBA) while shooting 44.2% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Raptors have forced 16.8 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.2 fouls. They are 26th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 550 relinquished for the campaign. The Raptors defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 45.3% (353 of 404) and they surrender 45.3 boards per game as a unit. They give up 36.8% from beyond the arc and they are 11th in the league in PPG allowed (110.1).
For their last game, the Brooklyn Nets got the victory with a final of 124-120 against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Nets corralled 38 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 44 for the game. They also turned away 4 tries while recording 6 steals for the matchup. The Clippers were called for 18 fouls for the game which took the Nets to the free throw line for a total of 26 shots. They were able to knock down 21 of those for a percentage of 80.8%. In regard to three-point attempts, Brooklyn buried 13 of their 31 attempts (41.9%). When this game wrapped up, the Nets shot 45 for 79 from the floor which had them at 57.0%. The Nets allowed the Clippers to convert 45 of their 99 attempts from the field which had them at 45.5% for this game. They shot 41.7% from 3-point land by hitting 15 of 36 and ended up shooting 15 of 17 at the charity stripe (88.2%). When discussing rebounds, Brooklyn allowed Los Angeles to pull down 39 in total (11 on the offensive side).
Kyrie Irving pitched in for the Nets in this contest. He converted 15 of 23 in this game for a field goal rate of 65.2%, which had him finishing with 39 points. Irving had 5 rebounds in his 36:37 minutes of time on the court and accounted for 2 assists for this game. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Brooklyn was Kevin Durant. He racked up 28 points in his 38:10 minutes on the court by way of 11 of 13 shooting in this contest. Durant walked away from this one going 84.6% from the floor as well as collecting 2 assists and 9 boards.
Brooklyn has a win-loss record of 14-9 on the season. Brooklyn has accounted for 2,812 points on the campaign (122.3 per game) and they average 45.4 boards per game. The Nets commit 20.1 personal fouls every game and they go 81.9% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Nets are hitting on 50.1% from the field, which is 1st in the league. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 27.0 times per contest (5th in the league) and they turn it over 15.2 times per contest. The Nets on defense are ranked 28th in the league in PPG given up with 117.8. They have surrendered 24.9 dimes and 43.6 rebounds per game, which ranks them 18th and 10th in the NBA. The Brooklyn defense allows 35.8% on 3-pointers (294 of 821) and their opponents are connecting on 79.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 12.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 45.7% from the floor (11th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Toronto (+5.5)
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