An Eastern Conference showdown on Friday night has the Brooklyn Nets (12-11) hosting the Toronto Raptors (11-10). Toronto had its two-game win streak halted on Wednesday as it fell to the New Orleans Pelicans 126-108. Meanwhile, Brooklyn is on a three-game win streak, and on Nov. 30, the Nets defeated the Washington Wizards 113-107. The Raptors are 12-9 against the spread, while Brooklyn owns a 10-12-1 record against the spread in 2022. Otto Porter Jr. (left second toe dislocation) and Precious Achiuwa (ankle) are out for Toronto, while Ben Simmons (lateral upper calf strain) is out for Brooklyn.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET from Brooklyn, N.Y. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Nets as a 2-point favorite in the latest Raptors vs. Nets odds. The over/under for total points is set at 223.5. Before making any Nets vs. Raptors picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Raptors vs. Nets spread: Nets -2
- Raptors vs. Nets Over-Under: 223.5 points
- Raptors vs. Nets money line: Brooklyn -125, Toronto +105
- TOR: Raptors are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Brooklyn
- BK: Under is 6-1 in Nets' last 7 home games
- Raptors vs. Nets picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Nets can cover
Guard Kyrie Irving owns a masterful offensive repertoire as he can score from all three levels on the floor with no problem. The Duke product has been very effective in the first two games against Toronto, scoring 29-plus. In the Nov. 23 win, Irving led the way for Brooklyn with 29 points, three assists, and went 5-for-8 from downtown. The seven-time All-Star will look to torch the Raptors for the third time this season.
Forward Kevin Durant has been one of the top scorers in the league since entering the NBA in 2007. Durant is able to break down any defense to create easy looks at the basket. The 12-time All-Star is in a groove, dropping 31-plus points in four straight games, and on Monday, he racked up a season-high 45 points to go along with seven rebounds, five assists, and two blocks. Durant now ranks sixth in the NBA in scoring (30.4).
Why the Raptors can cover
Forward Pascal Siakam is a long and active presence who runs the floor well and is a factor offensively. Additionally, the 2020 All-Star can be an effective facilitator, constantly diming the open man. Siakam averages 24 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 7.1 assists per game. In his last outing, he logged 23 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
Forward Scottie Barnes can do it all on the floor as he has the size to defend the paint while also being able to initiate the offense. The Florida State product has dished out at least five assists in four straight games, and the reigning Rookie of the Year also owns quick hands and can defend in open space. He's averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.
How to make Raptors vs. Nets picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 234 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60% of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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