Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 12/16/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Friday, December 16, 2022
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
The Toronto Raptors will try to defeat the Brooklyn Nets at Scotiabank Arena on Friday.
The Nets took the court against the Wizards and took home the win by a score of 112-100 in their last contest. Brooklyn walked away from the game with a 49.4% FG percentage (44 of 89) and buried 8 of 27 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Nets converted 16 of 18 shots for a rate of 88.9%. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they earned 41 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 25 assists for the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 19 turnovers and having 8 steals. In terms of defense, Brooklyn let their opponent shoot 46.8% from the field on 37 of 79 shooting. Washington earned 21 dimes and had 6 steals in this matchup. Moreover, Washington pulled down 44 rebounds (6 offensive, 38 defensive) and added 7 blocked shots. Washington finished the contest at 68.2% at the free throw line by burying 15 of 22 shots. They knocked down 11 of 31 attempts from beyond the arc. In relation to fouls, the Nets ended up finishing with 20 while the Wizards recorded 16 fouls.
Kevin Durant is one guy who had an impact for the game. Durant walked away from this one shooting 64.7% from the floor and distributed 6 dimes. He played 33 minutes played and also totaled 9 rebounds. He racked up 30 points on 11 of 17 shooting.
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Brooklyn comes into this one with a mark of 17-12 for the campaign. They average 112.5 pts per game (18th in the NBA) while hitting 49.9% from the floor. The Nets are connecting on 37.0% on shots from beyond the arc (337 of 910) and 79.4% from the charity stripe. As a team, Brooklyn is pulling in 40.8 boards per contest and has earned 756 dimes for the campaign, which has them ranked 8th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 14.8 times per contest and as a squad are committing 21.9 fouls every game.
On defense, the Nets have forced 14.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.0 personal fouls. They are 7th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 670 relinquished this year. The Nets defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 45.3% (1,157 of 2,556) and they relinquish 43.9 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They give up 37.9% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 8th in the NBA in opponents PPG (110.9).
When they last stepped on the court, the Raptors took a defeat with a final score of 124-123 when they faced the Kings. The Raptors were able to pull down 28 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 for this game. They also coughed it up 7 times, while getting 8 steals in this contest. The Kings were called for 16 fouls for the contest which took the Raptors to the free throw line for a total of 27 attempts. They were able to knock down 23 of those for a percentage of 85.2%. Concerning three-point shots, Toronto made 6 of their 21 tries (28.6%). In all, the Raptors walked away from this one shooting 47 out of 94 from the floor which had them at 50.0%. The Raptors allowed the Kings to knock down 45 of their 93 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 48.4% in the matchup. They went 37.0% from downtown by hitting 17 out of 46 and finished the game at 17 of 20 from the charity stripe (85.0%). When talking about rebounding, Toronto allowed Sacramento to get 50 in total (13 on the offensive glass).
Fred VanVleet was important for the Raptors for the game. VanVleet tallied 39 points in his 38 minutes on the court and had 5 dimes for this contest. He made 13 of 25 for this contest for a rate of 52.0%, and had 8 rebounds.
Toronto has a record of 13-15 so far this year. The Raptors commit 20.6 personal fouls per game and they go 78.6% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 23.0 times per contest (25th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 12.6 times per contest. Toronto has accounted for 3,117 pts for the year (111.3 per contest) and they collect 43.0 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Raptors are hitting on 45.0% from the floor, which ranks them 27th in the league.
The Toronto defense gives up 35.4% on 3-pointers (338 of 956) and their opponents are connecting on 80.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 26.0 assists and 42.3 boards every game, which is 21st and 7th in the league. The Raptors are ranked 7th in the league in PPG allowed with 110.5. They are forcing 17.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 48.4% from the field (27th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Brooklyn
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