Raptors vs Nets Predictions, Odds, Picks
- The Toronto Raptors are looking to take down the Nets despite missing some key role players.
- The Brooklyn Nets look to extend their winning streak to three wins in a row.
- The Nets won their earlier meeting with the Raptors this season, 116-103.
Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Toronto Raptors||+9 (-110) |
|Brooklyn Nets||-9 (-110) |
Odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.
Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets Predictions and Picks
Both teams are coming off of commanding victories over some less than stellar competition. The difference in this game will be bench output, and the Brooklyn Nets are just better at creating opportunities for their role players.
Brooklyn Nets def. Toronto Raptors (-425)
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Head-to-Head: Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets
|Toronto Raptors||Head-to-Head||Brooklyn Nets|
|Nick Nurse||Head Coach||Steve Nash|
|12-14 (11th in East)||Standing||19-8 (1st in East)|
|109.3 (16th of 30)||Off Rtg||110.2 (12th of 30)|
|109.6 (17th of 30)||Def Rtg||106.5 (6th of 30)|
|95.4 (30th of 30)||Pace||99.3 (9th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|O. Anunoby (20.1)||PPG||K. Durant (29.4)|
|S. Barnes (8.3)||RPG||J. Harden (7.9)|
|F. Vanvleet (6.4)||APG||J. Harden (9.6)|
|G. Trent Jr. (2.0)||SPG||J. Harden (1.4)|
|S. Barnes (0.9)||BPG||L. Aldridge (1.2)|
|K. Birch (.500)/O. Anunoby (7.6)||FG%/FGM||L. Aldridge (.573)/K. Durant (10.6)|
|F. Vanvleet (.389)/F. Vanvleet (3.2)||3P%/3PM||P. Mills (.443)/P. Mills (3.0)|
|Goran Dragic||Toronto Raptors||30 Nov 2021||Out (Personal)||Dragic is away for a personal matter and there is no timetable for his return.|
|OG Anunoby||Toronto Raptors||28 Nov 2021||Out (Hip)||There is no timetable for Anunoby’s return.|
|Khem Birch||Toronto Raptors||7 Dec 2021||Out (Knee)||Birch is out indefinitely.|
|Precious Achiuwa||Toronto Raptors||12 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Achiuwa has been placed under the NBA’s health and safety protocols.|
|David Johnson||Toronto Raptors||12 Dec 2021||Out (Calf)||Johnson was listed as OUT for Toronto’s Monday (Dec 13) game.|
|Kyrie Irving||Brooklyn Nets||23 Oct 2021||Out (Not With Team)||There is no timetable for Irving’s return.|
|Joe Harris||Brooklyn Nets||29 Nov 2021||Out (Ankle)||Harris is out indefinitely.|
|James Harden||Brooklyn Nets||11 Dec 2021||Out (Rest)||Harden was out for Brooklyn’s Sunday (Dec 12) game.|
|Paul Millsap||Brooklyn Nets||11 Dec 2021||Out (Ankle)||Millsap was out for Brooklyn’s Sunday (Dec 12) game.|
How Can the Raptors Beat the Nets?
When the Toronto Raptors take on the Brooklyn Nets, they’ll need to find a way to limit their opponents’ hot shooting. While the Raptors are always happy to collapse on the paint, they’ll need to think twice when they face Brooklyn for the second time this season.
In their last meeting with the Nets, Toronto could not stop their opponent’s three-point onslaught. Brooklyn shot 17 of 38 from three, compared to Toronto’s 7 of 30.
The Raptors don’t have the firepower to keep up with an in-form Brooklyn team, so they’ll need to adjust their defence to find victory. Toronto have failed to contain the perimeter before, and the results are usually devastating.
Raptors Key Player: (F) Pascal Siakam
24 points at the half for Pascal Siakam ?
— NBA (@NBA) December 6, 2021
After coming back from shoulder surgery, Siakam didn’t quite look like himself. However, through his recent games, Siakam looks to be returning to All-Star form.
Through his last six games, Siakam has posted averages of 21.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.0 blocks in almost 36 minutes per game.
Siakam’s versatility defensively is always welcome, but with so many players out he needs to take the lead in the scoring department. Shooting just 31.3% from deep over his last six, Siakam must improve to keep up with the high-scoring Nets.
How Can the Nets Beat the Raptors?
The Toronto Raptors are a dangerous team for the Nets face. While they sit just below .500, they’ve got experienced contributors leading an energetic group of young players ready to execute their game plan.
When Brooklyn take on Toronto, they need to take care of the ball. Say what you will about their individual qualities, the Raptors play aggressive team defense. In victories, the Raptors force 15.6 turnovers per game to just 10.4 of their own.
Brooklyn can play a lot of one-on-one, but the Raptors are ready to double at a moment’s notice. Being ready to move the ball at a moment’s notice is key to a Nets victory.
Nets Key Player: (F) Kevin Durant
Buckets on buckets. pic.twitter.com/PdYBjvEOUr
— NBA (@NBA) December 13, 2021
After his performance against the Detroit Pistons, you must look at Nets superstar Kevin Durant as the key player going into this game.
Durant is coming off of a 51-point, 9 assists, and 7 rebound performance against the Pistons. He was scorching hot from the field, shooting 51.6% overall and nailing 5 of 10 three-point field goal attempts.
Without Toronto’s best perimeter defender available, OG Anunoby, the Nets star could catch fire again. After dropping 9 dimes to go with his 51 points, you should expect Durant to adjust should Toronto’s swarming defence key in on him.
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How to Watch Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets
|Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets Information|
|Teams||Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets|
|Location||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York|
|Time||7:30 PM EST, December 14th, 2021|
|How to Watch||YES Network, SportsNet|
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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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