The defending champs keep on winning. The Toronto Raptors will travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets riding a 15-game winning streak.
The Nets, meanwhile, have won three of four with their only loss being to the Raptors Saturday night. They will look to end the Raptors’ streak on their home floor.
Raptors Stay Red Hot
The Toronto Raptors come into play with a record of 40-14, two games ahead of the Boston Celtics in the Atlantic Division. As was mentioned earlier, they are riding a 15-game winning streak. Their most recent victory in the string came Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves by the score of 137-126.
OG Anunoby scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Kyle Lowry scored 27 points and dished out 11 assists in the win. Anunoby made 10 of his 13 shot attempts, including three of four from 3-point range.
The Raptors improved their record to 4-0 when Anunoby scores 20 or more points. Pascal Siakam led the way for the Raptors, scoring 34 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter.
The Raptors defeated the Nets just four days ago in Toronto 119-118. Fred VanVleet scored 29 in that game as Lowry sat out because of a whiplash injury suffered the night before.
Terence Davis scored 20 that night in his second career start. Toronto outscored Brooklyn 33-18 in the second quarter to take a 12-point lead into the locker room.
Nets Try to Stop Raptors’ Streak for Second Time
The Brooklyn Nets come into play with a record of 24-28, 15 games behind the Raptors in the Atlantic Division. They are currently in the seventh position in the Eastern Conference playoff race, two games ahead of Orlando and six games behind Indiana.
They have won three of their last four games, with their only blemish coming at the hands of the Raptors Saturday night. They have had success despite playing without point guard Kyrie Irving, who is expected to miss his fifth straight game with a right knee sprain.
Caris LeVert scored a career-high 37 points in the loss on Saturday and is averaging 25 points per game over his last four contests. The Nets have won four in a row at home since losing to the Los Angeles Lakers by 15 points on January 23.
The Nets are led by point guard Spencer Dinwiddie on the offensive end. He is averaging 21 points and 6.5 assists per game. LeVert is averaging 15.1 points per game.
Brooklyn’s two-headed center of Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan are averaging 19.9 points and 19.5 rebounds per game. Brooklyn is averaging 110.7 points per game, good for 17th in the league.
Betting Lines and Predictions
MyBookie currently has the Raptors as 2.5 points favorites. These two teams had a highly competitive game Saturday and expect more of the same.
However, the Raptors are on another level right now. They are finding ways to win close games and they will find another way in this one.
Siakam and Anunoby will prove to be too much with Lowry distributing the ball to them. Take the Raptors in this one.