Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets odds, picks and predictions

The Toronto Raptors (32-27) visit the Atlantic Division co-tenant Brooklyn Nets (32-29) Monday. Tip-off at Barclays Center is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Raptors vs. Nets odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.

Toronto has been crushed in both games following the All-Star break, first 125-93 by the Hornets in Charlotte Friday then 127-100 by the Hawks in Atlanta Saturday. The Raptors are seventh in the East, 1 game ahead of the Nets and 2 games behind the sixth-place Boston Celtics.

Brooklyn upset the Bucks 126-123 Saturday in Milwaukee as a 9.5-point road underdog after getting blasted 129-106 by the Celtics at home Thursday.

The Nets are 2-0 straight up (SU) and 1-1 against the spread (ATS) versus the Raptors this season but Brooklyn All-Star F Kevin Durant played and balled in both meetings.

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Raptors at Nets odds, spread and lines

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Money line (ML): Raptors -175 (bet $175 to win $100) | Nets +140 (bet $100 to win $140)
Against the spread: Raptors -3.5 (-120) | Nets +3.5 (-105)
Over/Under (O/U): 218.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Raptors at Nets key injuries

Raptors

SF OG Anunoby (hand) out
PG Fred VanVleet (knee) questionable

Nets

SF Kevin Durant (knee) out
PG Kyrie Irving (ineligible to play) out
PG Ben Simmons (reconditioning) out

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Raptors at Nets odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Raptors 111, Nets 104

Money line

PASS because I like Toronto to win this game handily but the Raptors (-175) are too pricy. That said, Toronto is 5-3 SU and ATS as a road favorite and Brooklyn is 2-4 SU and ATS as a home underdog.

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Against the spread

“LEAN” to the RAPTORS -3.5 (-120) because their style of play matches up very well against the Nets and this is just a better spot for Toronto.

The Raptors rank third or better in second-chance points per game (PPG), points off of turnovers and fastbreak PPG. The Nets rank 18th or worse defensively in all those metrics.

Brooklyn also has the worst home ATS record (6-22-1) and worst ATS margin at home (minus-6.9) whereas Toronto is 17-12-1 ATS on the road.

Furthermore, the Raptors are 10-5 ATS on the road versus teams with a winning record and the Nets are 3-11-1 at home versus winning teams.

It’s only a “LEAN” to the RAPTORS -3.5 (-120) because we are getting the worst of the number since the look-ahead line was Raptors -2 and they have the worst net rating over the past five games.

Over/Under

Slight “LEAN” to the UNDER 218.5 (-110) for a small wager because we’d be getting to the party a little late on the Under as well. The look-ahead total for Raptors-Nets was set at 225.5 before being lowered a full touchdown by the market.

However, there’s pretty much no continuity with this Brooklyn roster and newly acquired PG Goran Dragic is making his first start for the Nets in just his second game played. Plus Toronto has the worst offensive rating in the NBA over the past five games and is 1-4 O/U in those contests.

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Author: Naomi Berry