Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Toronto Raptors have been on the losing end of each of their past two playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets.
- The Brooklyn Nets will be without nine different players when they take on the Raptors.
- The Toronto Raptors had the second-best record through the bubble schedule (7-1), and earned the second overall record in the league (53-19).
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Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Brooklyn Nets||+10 -114||O 222 -113||+380|
|Toronto Raptors||-10 -107||U 222 -108||-480|
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Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors Predictions and Picks
The Toronto Raptors are one of the best teams in the NBA this season, while the Nets are struggling just to field a lineup. Despite Toronto’s paltry 2-10 record in opening round Game 1’s, we’re predicting a blowout in favor of the reigning champions.
Toronto Raptors def. Brooklyn Nets -480
Over 222 -113
Raptors -10 -107
How to Watch Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors
|Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors Information|
|What||Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL|
|When||Monday, August 17th, 2020; 4:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
Head-to-Head: Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors
|Brooklyn Nets||Head-to-Head||Toronto Raptors|
|Jacque Vaughan||Head Coach||Nick Nurse|
|35-37 (7th in East, 14th Overall)||Standing||53-19 (2nd in East, 2nd Overall)|
|108.9 (22nd of 30)||Off Rtg||111.1 (14th of 30)|
|109.5 (9th of 30)||Def Rtg||105.0 (2nd of 30)|
|101.4 (9th of 30)||Pace||100.9 (12th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|K. Irving (27.4)||PPG||P. Siakam (22.9)|
|D. Jordan (10.0)||RPG||S. Ibaka (8.2)|
|S. Dinwiddie (6.8)||APG||K. Lowry (7.5)|
|K. Irving (1.4)||SPG||F. Vanvleet (1.9)|
|J. Allen (1.3)||BPG||C. Boucher (1.0)|
|D. Jordan (.666)/K. Irving (10.0)||FG%/FGM||S. Ibaka (.512)/P. Siakam (8.3)|
|J. Harris (.424)/K. Irving (2.8)||3P%/3PM||M. Thomas (.475)/K. Lowry (2.8)|
The Nets Have Nothing to Lose
Nobody is expecting the Brooklyn Nets to come out of this series the victor. Nobody expected them to climb to the seventh seed either. However, Jacque Vaughan, who coached his way to third place in voting for Bubble Coach honors, has been able to motivate his rag-tag team of outcasts.
In lieu of star players Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Caris LeVert, Brooklyn’s more understated trio of Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, and Jarrett Allen have stepped up admirably. The three combined for 60.7 points per game, 20.3 rebounds, and 13.2 assists in the resumed schedule.
They may not have the depth of the star power to keep up with the Raptors, but it was a gritty team effort that won them a 5-3 record in the bubble. They’ll try to channel that same effort against the Raptors.
All For One, One For All
When you take a look at the Toronto Raptors, you’d be forgiven if you failed to notice one “star” on the roster. Siakam and Vanvleet are rising, but Ibaka, Gasol, and Lowry are all aging veterans whose production continues to surprise.
The Raptors won their way to the second-best record in the NBA by producing a team effort every single night. Toronto is the first team to have five players average 15 points or more during the regular season since the 1973-1974 Buffalo Braves.
Toronto will stick to the game plan against Brooklyn. They showed during the seeding schedule that their offense can stall in the halfcourt, without a bonafide star to go to. Ball movement and swarming defense defined the Raptors all season, the same will power their playoff success.
Nets Key Player: (G) Caris LeVert
It was a night to remember for @CarisLeVert.
? 37 PTS | 9 AST | 6 REB pic.twitter.com/gCY83KwefV
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 14, 2020
Caris LeVert is without question, the most important player for the Nets in this playoff series. He is the only player on the roster that can reliably create his own shot, making him their top playmaker as well.
LeVert finally gets to step out of the shadow of Irving and Dinwiddie, allowing the world to see his ability as a scorer. He is averaging 25.0 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.0 rebounds per game on 48.0% shooting from the field through the NBA’s eight-game seeding schedule.
The former Michigan guard will have to navigate the Raptors’ bevy of longwing defenders, as well as improve on his 25.8% three-point shooting average if the Nets hope to have a chance against Toronto.
Raptors Key Player: (G) Kyle Lowry
Classic Kyle Lowry sequence. Hits the deep pull-up 3 and then draws the charge pic.twitter.com/nscsYhDo9Q
— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) August 2, 2020
While the cameras will focus on budding star Pascal Siakam, six-time NBA All-Star Kyle Lowry remains the engine that keeps the Raptors running.
The Villanova product efficiency is crucial to the Raptor’s success. While there is little variance in his production in wins or losses, he shoots 37.3% from the field and 30.7% in losses, compared to 43.5% and 37.4% in wins.
First overall in the league in charges drawn, Kyle Lowry is the Raptors’ linchpin on both ends of the court.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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