NBA Betting Preview: Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors – Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada
Point Spread: Toronto Raptors -9.5
Betting Total: 219.5
This game is being played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada with the tip-off scheduled to take place at 7:30 PM.
Bookmaker has set the point spread for this game at Toronto Raptors -9.5 and betting total for over/under plays at 219.5 points.
The Brooklyn Nets were expected to be one of the bottom 5 teams heading into the season however they have been a pleasant surprise for their supporters and now find themselves right in the mix of a playoff run. The Nets are one game under .500 with a record of 21-22 and are sitting in 6th place in the Eastern Conference.
The Nets have been one of the better teams to bet on this year. They are 23-20 ATS this year and have split their games on the totals going 21-20 OU.
Brooklyn has looked very impressive on paper recently, winning 4 of their last 5 games overall but when you look a tad bit deeper, you realize all 4 of those wins come against teams that have losing records.
The Nets are led by D’Angelo Russell, who is averaging 18.2 points per game. Russell is shooting .426 from the floor and is hitting .356 from beyond the 3-point line.
The Toronto Raptors are in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and are one of the best teams in the NBA. They have one of the best records in the NBA at 31-12 SU but are just 19-24 ATS on the season.
The Raptors have gone 17-4 at home this year and have played 25-18 OU on the season. The Raptors have won 3 games straight and 5 out of the last 6 games overall.
Toronto is equally impressive on offense as they are on the defensive side of the court. They are ranked 7th in offense with 113.2 points per game and 9th on defense with allowing 107.9 points per game.
The Raptors are led by MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard. Leonard is averaging 27.3 points per game and shooting a phenomenal .502 from the floor. Leonard also leads the team in rebounds per game with 7.8 and is one of the best defenders in the league with 62 steals on the season.
Raptors Beat Nets And Get Cover
The game is being played in Toronto and that is not good for Brooklyn. The Raptors are tough at home and rarely lose to a mid-level team on their own court. Additionally, pretty much anywhere you look on the court, Toronto has more talent and are much better. I expect Toronto will get the double digit win here, which will get them the cover.
That being said, the line is sitting at 9.5 points. You will want to buy down the half point and roll with the Raptors -9 for 2 units.