Were the NBA playoffs to start today, the Toronto Raptors would be the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and open the first round against No. 7 Brooklyn Nets. First, though, the teams close out the regular-season series in Brooklyn on Wednesday with the Raptors likely as favorites on the NBA betting lines.
How to Bet Raptors vs Nets NBA Odds & Game Info
Last 3 games:Mar 28 – 20 3PMMar 30 – 18 3PMLast night – 19 3PMTotal: 57 3PM / 47% pic.twitter.com/CxsVevB06C— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) 2 de abril de 2019
- When: Wednesday, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: Barclays Center
- TV: NBA TV
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Odds: Toronto Raptors -1.5 (Total 224.5)
Toronto leads 2-1. They last played on Feb. 11 and the Raptors were 127-125 home winners. Kawhi Leonard banked home the tiebreaking basket with 4.2 seconds remaining. Leonard scored 30 points, Serge Ibaka had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Pascal Siakam scored 17 for the Raptors, who have won eight straight home meetings with the Nets. Marc Gasol scored 16 points, 11 in the fourth quarter.
D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points and had a career-high 14 assists for Brooklyn I Joe Harris added 24 points and made a career-best seven 3-pointers. The Nets gave the ball to Russell on their final possession, but his long shot bounced off the rim. Toronto has won 14 of the past 15 in this series overall.
All-time at the Nets, Toronto is 21-25 including the New Jersey days.
Why Bet on Toronto?
The Raptors won their fourth straight on Monday, 121-109 over Orlando, as they make one last push to try and catch Milwaukee for the top seed in the East (not going to happen). Danny Green injured his thumb vs. the Magic and will undergo an MRI. X-rays were negative but he’s not out of the woods yet. Green picked up the injury in the first quarter, yet he finished with 29 points, seven triples, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, and three blocks. If he does miss time, Norman Powell would be a candidate to step into Green’s role.
Kawhi Leonard (personal) returned to action on Monday with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one triple in 27 minutes. The game wasn’t as close as the final score suggested with Orlando outscoring Toronto 34-26 in the fourth. Marc Gasol scored 13 points and Kyle Lowry had 12 as the Raptors snapped a two-game losing streak against the Magic.
Pascal Siakam returned from a one-game absence on Monday but struggled with six points, three rebounds, four dimes, one triple and two turnovers in 28 minutes. He hit just 2-of-9 from the field and split a pair of free throws. With the Bucks 3.0 games ahead of Toronto and Philly comfortably behind them in the No. 3 slot, Siakam could get more rest in the final four games. So could Leonard and others.
The Raptors are averaging 118.5 points and shooting .489 (170-348) from the field and .460 (69-150) from three-point range during this four-game winning streak. Toronto’s 69 three-point field goals are the most over a four-game stretch in franchise history. The Raptors have won 31 games this season by 10 or more points; tied with Golden State and Utah for second-most in the NBA behind only Milwaukee (45).
- Total Score: 114.37
- Field Goal Percentage: 47.35
- Three-Point Percentage: 36.49
- Free Throw Percentage: 80.35
- Total Rebounds: 44.96
- Total Score: 108.44
- Field Goal Percentage: 44.93
- Three-Point Percentage: 34.52
- Free Throw Percentage: 76.60
- Total Rebounds: 44.81
Why Bet on Brooklyn?
The Nets need this as they are in jeopardy of perhaps falling out of a playoff spot. Brooklyn lost a third time in four games Monday, 131-121 vs. Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo returned from an ankle injury and had 28 points and 11 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe added 29 points, reserve guard George Hill chipped in 22, and Brook Lopez and Sterling Brown each scored 14 for the Bucks, who played without All-Star forward Khris Middleton because of soreness in his left groin. The Bucks improved to 3-0 against the Nets this season to clinch the season series. They have won the last five season series.
D’Angelo Russell had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who remained seventh in the East after losses by Detroit and Miami. Russell is ninth in the league in 3FGM (218) and 11th in assists per game (7.0). He is third in the league in assist % (.393), trailing Russell Westbrook (.430) and James Harden (.396).
Caris LeVert dropped 24 points in 30 minutes. He finished 8-of-15 from the field with six assists, four rebounds, and four triples, making this his best game since returning from his injury by far. It certainly looks like his rhythm is coming back, as LeVert is now averaging 18.3 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.0 triples over his last four games.
DeMarre Carroll scored 20 points on 6-of-14 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line. He grabbed five rebounds with two assists, one block, and two triples, and was one of three Nets to reach 20+ points. Rodions Kurucs played through his knee injury on Monday vs. the Bucks, scoring four points with four rebounds, one steal and one triple in 17 minutes.
Kenny Atkinson is nearing a contract extension with Nets. At 39-39 on the season, the Nets are in seventh place in the East. They have a chance to finish above .500 for the first time since 2013-14. Brooklyn had the worst record in the NBA when Atkinson took the head coaching job back in 2016.
- Total Score: 112.12
- Field Goal Percentage: 44.87
- Three-Point Percentage: 35.28
- Free Throw Percentage: 74.49
- Total Rebounds: 46.21
- Total Score: 112.53
- Field Goal Percentage: 45.63
- Three-Point Percentage: 34.07
- Free Throw Percentage: 77.25
- Total Rebounds: 46.23
Raptors vs Nets NBA Betting Trends
- Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Brooklyn
- Toronto is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Toronto is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto’s last 8 games on the road
- Brooklyn is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
- Brooklyn is 1-14 SU in its last 15 games when playing Toronto
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Brooklyn’s last 6 games when playing Toronto
Expert Final Score Prediction for Raptors vs Nets
Toronto Raptors 113 – Brooklyn Nets 116