Tonight is the 4th game of a 7 game home stand for the Toronto Raptors as they host the Brooklyn Nets.
(18-45) Brooklyn Nets @ (41-20) Toronto Raptors
Probable starting line-ups:
Brooklyn – PG – Donald Sloan SG – Wayne Ellington C – Brook Lopez SF – Bojan Bogdanovic PF – Thaddeus Young
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – James Johnson PF – Luis Scola
Brooklyn – PPG – Brook Lopez 20.5 RPG – Thaddeus Young 9.1 APG – Jarrett Jack 7.4
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 23.1 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 9.2 APG – Kyle Lowry 6.4
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Brooklyn – PF – 97.7 (28th) PA – 104.3 (21st)
Toronto – PF – 102.3 (13th) PA – 97.9 (5th)
The Brooklyn Nets have lost 3 of their last 4 games after a 132-118 at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. Backup shooting guard Markel Brown came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 23 points. He shot 8 of 16 from the field, 4 of 4 from the free throw line, and 3 of 9 from the 3 point line. Backup shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick tallied 19 points and 3 rebounds. He was 6 of 13 from the field, 4 of 4 from the free throw line, and 3 of 5 from the 3 point line. Starting power forward Thomas Robinson notched a double-double as he poured in 18 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. He also had 5 assists and 4 steals. He was 7 of 14 from the field and 4 of 10 from the free throw line. Backup point guard Shane Larkin chipped in with 18 points, 5 assists, and 2 rebounds. He shot 7 of 12 from the field, 3 of 3 from the free throw line, and 1 of 4 from the 3 point line. The team shot 48.9% from the field, 73.1% from the free throw line, and 34.6% from the 3 point line. They attempted 26 free throws and made 19 of them. They out-rebounded their opponent 48-34. They had 7 steals in the game. They turned the ball over 15 times. They scored 15 fast break points and 62 points in the paint. They trailed 68-51 at the half. Tonight is their 31st road game of the season. They are 7-23 on the road thus far. They are 5-6 versus Atlantic division opponents this season. Tonight is the 8th game of a 9 game road trip. They are 3-4 on the current trip. Their next game is Friday at the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Toronto Raptors had their 2 game winning streak halted with a 113-107 defeat at home versus the Houston Rockets on Sunday evening. Starting power forward Luis Scola led the team in scoring with 21 points. He also had 3 rebounds. He shot 9 of 13 from the field, 1 of 2 from the free throw line, and 2 of 4 from the 3 point line. Starting shooting guard DeMar DeRozan netted 19 points. He also had 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals. He was 4 of 10 from the field and 11 of 14 from the free throw line. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry tallied 17 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. He was 5 of 10 from the field, 3 of 5 from the free throw line, and 4 of 7 from the 3 point line. Starting center Jonas Valanciunas contributed with a double-double as he scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He also had 3 blocks. He shot 5 of 9 from the field and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. The team shot 48.1% from the field, 77.8% from the free throw line, and 36.4% from the 3 point line. They made 12 of their 33 attempted 3-point shots. They out-rebounded their opposition 42-37. They had 27 assists in the game. They had 6 blocks. They turned the ball over 15 times. They scored 20 fast break points and 40 points in the paint. They had a 61-51 halftime lead but were outscored 62-46 in the 2nd half. Tonight is their 31st home game of the season. They are 23-7 at home thus far. They are 9-1 versus Atlantic division opponents this season. Tonight is the 4th game of a 7 game home stand. They are 2-1 during the current home stand. Their next game is Thursday at home versus the Atlanta Hawks.
Toronto was victorious in their first 2 meetings with Brooklyn this season. After tonight the Nets and Raptors meet 1 more time this season: April 13th at Brooklyn.
The Nets have had a putrid season with the 4th worst record in the league meanwhile the Raptors are currently in the 2nd spot in the East and own the 5th best record in the league. The Raptors will win by 15 or more.
Take the Raptors -12 (1.90) (Bet365)
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