I was correct on my last Raptors free pick as the Raptors (-6.5) cruised to a 119-102 home victory versus the Kings on Wednesday. I am now 18-15 Raptors free betting tips. Tonight the 31-15 Toronto Raptors host the 18-27 Brooklyn Nets.
(31-15) Toronto Raptors @ (18-27) Brooklyn Nets
Probable starting line-ups:
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – Greivis Vasquez C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – DeMar DeRozan PF – Amir Johnson
Brooklyn – Point Guard – Jarrett Jack Shooting Guard – Alan Anderson C- Mason Plumlee Small Forward – Joe Johnson Power Forward – Kevin Garnett
Toronto – PPG – Kyle Lowry 19.4 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.5 APG – Kyle Lowry 7.4
Brooklyn – Points Per Game – Joe Johnson 15.7 Rebounds Per Game – Kevin Garnett 7.0 Assists Per Game – Deron Williams 6.3
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Toronto – PF – 106.0 (5th) PA – 100.6 (20th)
Brooklyn – Points For (Per Game) – 95.1 (25th) Points Against (Per Game) – 99.0 (13th)
The Toronto Raptors have won 4 in a row and 5 of their last 6 games. On Wednesday they scored a 119-102 victory at home versus the Kings. Backup shooting guard Louis Williams led the way with 27 points on 7 of 16 shooting in 26 minutes off the bench. He was 4 of 12 from the 3 point line and 9 of 9 from the foul line. Shooting guard Greivis Vasquez scored 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting in 31 minutes. He was 4 of 5 from the 3 point line. He also had 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Center Jonas Valanciunas netted 15 points on 6 of 19 shooting in 26 minutes. He also pulled down 9 rebounds and had 2 blocks. Point guard Kyle Lowry chipped in with 13 points and 7 assists. He was 5 of 12 from the field in 33 minutes. Small forward Terrence Ross scored 13 points on 5 of 6 shooting in 16 reserve minutes. Shooting guard/small forward DeMar DeRozan had 12 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds. The team shot 51.2% from the field, 50% from the 3 point line (17-34), and 84.2% from the free throw line (16-19). The Raptors out-rebounded the Kings 39-31. Their big quarter came in the 3rd as they out-scored their opposition 39-22. Toronto is 13-8 on the road this season. Tonight is the first game of a back to back. They are 9-1 in the 1st game of a back to back so far this season. Tomorrow night they play at Washington.
The Brooklyn Nets have dropped 3 straight and 11 of their last 13 games. On Wednesday they were defeated 113-102 at Atlanta. Small forward Joe Johnson led the team in scoring with 26 points on 10 of 19 shooting in 37 minutes. Backup center Brook Lopez scored 18 points on 6 of 11 shooting in 31 reserve minutes. He also had 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Shooting guard Alan Anderson netted 15 points on 5 of 10 shooting in 36 minutes. He also had 6 assists. Point guard Jarrett Jack had a double-double as he scored 14 points and dished out 13 assists. He also had 5 rebounds. He was 5 of 13 from the field in 38 minutes. Center Mason Plumlee chipped in with 14 points and 7 rebounds. He was 7 of 12 from the field in 31 minutes. The team shot 44.8% from the field, 37.5% from the 3 point line (9-24), and 83.3% from the foul line (15-18). The Nets were out-rebounded 45-35. They were out-scored 64-53 in the 1st half. Brooklyn is 8-14 at home this season. Tonight is the start of a brief 2 game home stand. Their next game is Monday at home versus the Clippers.
In their first meeting this season Toronto cruised to a 105-89 home win versus Brooklyn. After tonight the 2 teams play 2 more times this season, February 4th at Toronto and April 3rd at Brooklyn.
The Nets have talent on their roster and a good head coach in Lionel Hollins so it is kind of surprising that they are 9 games below .500. Meanwhile the Raptors are looking to be in peak form again and that’s not a good thing for the rest of the Atlantic division. This Raptors team is super talented. Take the Raptors -7 (1.90) (Bet365)
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