Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON, Canada

When: Friday, January 11th, 7:30 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): YES, SN1 | Sportsnet 590 The FAN, WFAN

Brooklyn Nets (Away)

Head Coach: Kenny Atkinson {All-Time 68-138 | BKN}

The ever improving Brooklyn Nets are beginning to show their potential throughout the 2018-2019 season. While they are still sub-.500, the Brooklyn Nets have put together some decent performances to suggest they are a team to watch in this Eastern Conference.

It’d be a disservice to leave out the sheer amount of injuries the Brooklyn Nets have been facing this season. At the moment, six players on their roster are on the injury list and it has only grown as the season has drawn on.

Seemingly opposite to their own injury misfortunes, a once ravaged-with-injury Toronto Raptors squad is almost perfectly healthy to take on the Brooklyn Nets. In their last match with the Raptors they took a win, despite being unable to stop Leonard on the perimeter. The Nets will have to zone in defensively if they want to stop the Raptors attack.

Toronto Raptors (Home)

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 31-12 | TOR}

The Toronto Raptors will finish their Eastern Conference home stand against the Brooklyn Nets, before a short two-game road trip against other Eastern Conference rivals. At 31-12, the Raptors continue to sit comfortable at the top of the league table.

The Toronto Raptors have put together a strong run in recent games, posting a 7-3 record in their last ten. In their last match against the Hawks, the Raptors barely pulled out the win as they committed 18 turnovers and once again struggled to convert from three.

In their last meeting, the Brooklyn Nets took an overtime win over the Toronto Raptors. Despite a strong effort from Kawhi Leonard and Jonas Valanciunas, the Nets squeezed out a win in overtime at home. The Raptors will be looking for revenge on their home court.

What’s At Stake?

The Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets meet again in a classic Atlantic Division matchup. The Toronto Raptors lead the all-time series 50-40 over the New Jersey Nets.

The Brooklyn Nets are sub-.500, but a win would bring them near level with the Miami Heat in sixth place.

A win for the Toronto Raptors would solidify their standing in the East and league overall, keeping them at first place.

Questions to answer

How can the Nets take another one from the Raptors?

Can the Toronto Raptors take care of the ball?

We are going to compare the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

The Nets were red-hot in their last win over the Raptors

When the Nets took on the Toronto Raptors in early-December they put on an absolute offensive clinic for their home fans. Shooting 44% from the field and 32% from three, the Nets got anything they wanted at the rim yet still only managed to grab a one-point victory.

Despite their scoring efficiency, the Nets struggled to contain Leonard on the perimeter and Valanciunas on the inside. While the Nets have capable defensive options, they were lucky the Leonard and Valanciunas’ other Raptor teammates were struggling from the field.

The Toronto Raptors committed 18 turnovers in their last match

Ball control was an issue for the Toronto Raptors in their last game against the Atlanta Hawks. In fact, on the season the Toronto Raptors aren’t the most careful team with the ball ranking 17th in overall turnovers.

The Toronto Raptors have changed up their style of play this year, looking to run more in transition and create easy opportunities. At times, their pace gets the best of them causing them to commit unnecessary turnovers.

With a near healthy complement of players, save for C Jonas Valanciunas, the Raptors lineup should be the steadiest it’s been for quite some time. The move of Fred Vanvleet back to the bench, will ensure a solid playmaker for the second unit who tends to struggle to create and take care of the basketball.

Brooklyn Nets Roster Notes

F Demarre Carroll – Day To Day (Knee) – Carroll has been ruled OUT for Monday’s (Jan 7) game.

G-F Allen Crabbe – Out (Knee) – The Nets announced that Crabbe will be re-evaluated in 1-2 weeks.

G Joe Harris – Day To Day (Ankle) – Harris has been ruled OUT for Monday’s (Jan 7) game.

F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – Out (Right Adductor Strain) – Hollis-Jefferson does not have a timetable for return.

F Caris LeVert – Out (Right Foot Dislocation) – Nearly a month after dislocating his foot, there is still no timetable for his return.

G-F Dzanan Musa – Day To Day (Shoulder) – Musa has been ruled OUT for Monday’s (Jan 7) game.

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

C Jonas Valanciunas – Out (Thumb) – Head coach Nick Nurse said Valanciunas will miss at least another 3-4 weeks, according to Blake Murphy of The Athletic.

Head-to-Head: Spencer Dinwiddie vs Fred Vanvleet

Spencer Dinwiddie

Point Guard | 6-6, 210lb (198cm, 95kg) | University of Colorado | Exp: 5 Years

17.1 PPG | 5.1 APG | 2.5 RPG | 0.6 SPG | 0.2 BPG | 2.2 TOV | .462 FG% | .366 3P%

Fred Vanvleet

Point Guard | 6-0, 195lb (183cm, 88kg) | Wichita State | Expo: 3 Years

10.6 PPG | 4.5 APG | 2.7 RPG | 0.9 SPG | 0.2 BPG | 1.3 TOV | .403 FG% | .360 3P%

Our head-to-head matchup for this game features two of the NBA’s premier men off of the bench. Spencer Dinwiddie is an excellent primary scorer with the ability to create for his teammates. Meanwhile Fred Vanvleet is an excellent defender and playmaker that can shoot from anywhere within half court. It’ll be an interesting matchup to see which bench leader can help lead their team to victory.

Spencer Dinwiddie, should his team continue their success, is likely the leading candidate for Sixth Man of the Year. He’s a dynamite scoring option while maintaining the playmaking abilities to keep the Nets bench unit engaged. He’s really come into his own this season and with the multitude of Nets injuries he’s taken on more responsibilities and flourished.

Coming off of a year in which he was voted third place for Sixth Man of the Year, the 6’0 undrafted point guard from Wichita State is showing that every NBA team that passed over him made a mistake. Still a rock defensively and having finally found his range from three on the season, the aptly nicknamed Steady Freddy will be key in leading the Raptors bench unit to victory once again.

Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors Predictions and Odds

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