I’m now 10-9 in Raptors free picks as Toronto (-7) was victorious 95-82 at home versus Orlando on Monday. Tonight the Raptors play at home versus the 10-13 Brooklyn Nets.
(10-13) Brooklyn Nets @ (19-6) Toronto Raptors
Probable starting line-ups:
Brooklyn – Point Guard – Deron Williams Shooting Guard – Alan Anderson C- Mason Plumlee Small Forward – Joe Johnson Power Forward – Kevin Garnett
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – Terrence Ross C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – Landry Fields PF – Amir Johnson
Brooklyn – Points Per Game – Deron Williams 16.4 Rebounds Per Game – Kevin Garnett 8.5 Assists Per Game – Deron Williams 6.9
Toronto – PPG – Kyle Lowry 19.7 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 9.0 APG – Kyle Lowry 7.6
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Brooklyn – Points For (Per Game) – 96.2 (22nd) Points Against (Per Game) – 98.1 (11th)
Toronto – PF – 109.7 (2nd) PA – 99.8 (17th)
The Brooklyn Nets suffered a 95-91 home loss versus Miami last night. Center Mason Plumlee led the team in scoring with 21 points on 8 of 12 shooting in 32 minutes on the floor. He also pulled down 9 rebounds. Small forward Joe Johnson netted 16 points on 6 of 14 from the field in 37 minutes. He was 4 of 8 from the 3 point line. Point guard Deron Williams had a double-double with 15 points and 11 assists. He was 4 of 12 from the field in 39 minutes. Shooting guard Sergey Karasey chipped in with 11 points on 4 of 9 shooting in 22 minutes. The team shot 39% from the field, 28.6% from the 3 point line (8-28), and 71.9% from the free throw line (23-32). The Nets were out-rebounded 41-37. The team was down 10 at the half. Brooklyn is 5-6 on the road this season. They have won 3 of their last 4 road games. Tonight is the 2nd game of a back to back. They are 2-2 in the 2nd game of a back to back this season.
The Toronto Raptors have won 3 in a row and 6 of their last 8 games. On Monday they grabbed a home win 95-82 versus Orlando. Shooting guard Louis Williams came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 18 points on 6 of 14 shooting in 28 reserve minutes. Point guard Kyle Lowry scored 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting in 31 minutes. He also dished out 8 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds. Power forward Amir Johnson scored 11 points on 5 of 8 from the field in 20 minutes. Power forward Patrick Patterson was the only other Raptor in double figures as he chipped in with 10 points. He was 4 of 6 from the field in 28 minutes. He also had 6 assists. The team shot 44.6% from the field, 36.7% from the 3 point line (11-30), and 66.7% from the free throw line (10-15). They out-rebounded their opposition 39-36. They forced the Magic in to 19 turnovers. The Raptors had a big 2nd half as they out-scored the Magic 51-30. Toronto is 12-3 at home this season. They have won their last 3 home games. After tonight they go on the road for 7 of their next 8 games.
Last season Brooklyn and Toronto split their 4 meetings. After tonight the 2 teams play two more times this season, February 4th at Toronto and April 3rd at Brooklyn.
The Raptors are a really strong home team and they’re playing against a Nets team that just played last night. Toronto will grab another decisive home victory. Take the Raptors -11 (1.90) (Bet365)
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