NBA Betting – Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets

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Phil Simon
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The Big Three of the Brooklyn Nets is starting to look like a force, and as a result they are moving up the Eastern Conference standings. Winners in five of their last six games the Nets are staring up at only Philadelphia in the conference standings and will look to take out the Toronto Raptors when the teams meet on Friday night in the first game of an ESPN doubleheader. The Nets are 7-3 since pulling the trigger on a deal to acquire James Harden. The Raptors have struggled, but they can match a season-long winning streak with a victory and send notice to the rest of the league that they are still a contender.  Bookmaker.eu offers a generous CASH welcome bonus (max bonus $1600).

Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets
Date and Time: Friday, February 5, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Opening NBA Odds: Brooklyn -4.5, O/U 243
Raptors at Nets TV Coverage: ESPN

Odds Analysis

The Raptors are coming off a feel good sweep over Orlando where they covered the spread both times. Granted the Magic are beat up and not very good, but a win’s a win, and the Raps will take whatever scraps are out there. Toronto entered that series on a three-game SU and ATS losing streak, so they should be feeling better. They improved to 9-12 SU and 10-11 ATS. The season has been one long road trip for Toronto so you’d expect them to have that down. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case. The Raptors are just 3-7 SU and 4-6 ATS in their road games this season. The Nets are still figuring out how to make their big three co-exist. You expect them to score points, and they have with at least 124 in each of their last four games that included back-to-back games of more than 140 points. As a result the OVER is 16-1 in their last 17 games. They covered the 1.5-point spread their 124-120 win over the Clippers on Wednesday improving to 14-9 SU and 10-13 ATS.

Toronto Raptors

Just two seasons ago the Raptors won the NBA title knocking off Golden State in the championship series. But a lot has changed in the short time since. Kawhi Leonard left after one season and the club lost veteran contributors Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol during the offseason. There still are pieces in place so the rough start is puzzling.

One player doing his best to keep the Raptors afloat is Fred Van Vleet, who scored a franchise record 54 points in Toronto’s 123-108 win over Orlando on Tuesday night. Van Vleet is one of two players to compete in every game this season leading the team with 20.4 points per outing. Injuries have played a role with Pascal Siakim missing time and OG Anunoby still sidelined The Raps have been more reliant on their backcourt with Van Vleet and Kyle Lowry doing plenty of damage.

While they won’t admit it the Raptors are in a transition period. Several massive contributors from the championship team are gone and the club is trying to come together. It’s hard enough adhering to all the rules of playing during a pandemic, and the Raptors were uprooted from their home to play the season out of Tampa. There is enough talent to beat the weaker teams, but I don’t see them matching up against the better clubs in the East.

Brooklyn Nets

When looking at the Nets you have to focus on their AH numbers. That means what they’ve done after Harden joined the club. Prior to the deal the Nets were expected to hang around the top of the conference with a healthy Durant and Kyrie Irving. They were however just 7-6 SU and 6-7 ATS before pulling the trigger on the deal that brought former MVP and scoring champion Harden to Brooklyn.

So far the results have been good, at least from an offensive standpoint. The Nets scored more than 120 points in eight of their first 10 games since the deal while going 7-3. And the addition of Harden has been a boon to over bettors. The Nets played over the closing total in four straight following their 124-120 win over the Clippers and they cashed the OVER in 16 of their last 17 games. Harden certainly adds to the offense, but he also takes away from the defense.

The trio gigante combined for 90 points against the Clips with Irving going for 39. It was the first time in a few games they were together on the floor after Harden missed one and Durant sat out another. Irving hit 15 of 23 shots and the Nets shot 57 percent. They lead the NBA averaging 122.3 points while shooting 50.1 percent from the floor.

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So far there hasn’t been an issue with the three alphas divvying up the points. It also helps that the Nets are having some success. As good as the Nets are offensively, they are equally bad on defense, so it’s not surprising that they’ve cashed the over so much. Oddsmakers will adjust making it harder for the streak to continue, but the Nets will continue to outscore opponents.

NBA Score Prediction: Nets 123, Raptors 115

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- Phil Simon, Gambling911.com

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