The Toronto Raptors have dropped back-to-back home games just once since early December, but they’ll have a hard time evening up this best-of-seven series against the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday.
Brooklyn picked up a 94-87 victory over Toronto as 3.5-point underdogs in the series opener last Saturday, as it carried over its strong play to end the regular season—compiling a 34-17 SU record since Jan. 1.
The Nets held the Raptors to fewer than 90 points and less than 40 percent shooting for the first time in their five meetings since the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
NBA handicappers will find that the squad is 3-2 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points, with the UNDER going 3-2 in that situation.
Capable of bouncing back
Toronto is 8-6 SU all-time in the playoffs when playing at this venue, while it has dropped consecutive games in front of its fan base just once since executing a seven-player trade on Dec. 9.
The Raptors finished the regular season averaging 101.3 points—the highest scoring Toronto team to qualify for the postseason.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 17-42 SU and 28-28-3 ATS when revenging a home loss.
Live bettors will want to keep a close eye on the score heading into the fourth quarter, as the previous five meetings have been within five points on either side at that juncture.
Brooklyn finished the regular season with an 8-3 record in games decided by three or fewer points, including six of the wins coming on the road.
Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry set playoff career highs for points (22) and assists (8) in the opener numbers that eclipsed his averages of 17.9 and 7.4 in those categories respectively entering the playoffs.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Nets as one of their NBA playoff picks, as the Raptors are 2-4 SUATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points.
Toronto may even the series, but I don’t expect this young roster to pick up its first postseason win together in blowout fashion.
Free NBA Pick: Brooklyn Nets +4.5