NBA Picks: Nets vs. Raptors

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 3:13 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 3:13 PM UTC

The Nets are a complete mess right now and face another tough challenge at Toronto tonight. Find out inside which side we're taking and who will join our other NBA picks for tuesday night.
<p><b>Odds Overview</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Early numbers had the Raptors favored by 7.5 points and that seems to be sticking, though certain <a href="" title="Read our reviews of various sportsbooks" target="_blank">sportsbooks have gone down to seven</a>. Toronto is 6-7 SU and 7-6 ATS and Brooklyn is 3-10 SU and 4-9 ATS.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The O/U opened at 189 and has slowly risen to its current resting place of 190.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Brooklyn Nets</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="/picks-pictures/paulpiercesad.jpg" style="font-size:1em" />Optimism was rampant in Brooklyn, with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry joining forces with Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson and Jason Kidd taking over as head coach.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Instead, it's been an utter disaster.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The <a href="" title="Discuss with other bettor the disastrous Nets" target="_blank">Nets are not only tied for last place</a> (with the Knicks funnily enough) in the Atlantic Division, they've lost five straight and eight of their last nine. Brooklyn has had a day off since Sunday's disappointing 109-97 home loss to Detroit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Johnson tried his best to carry the load, scoring 34 points on 12-of-18 shooting. He hit eight threes and added four assists, two rebounds and a block in the losing effort. Paul Pierce and Andray Blatche were the only other Nets to reach double figures.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Injuries haven't helped matters at all. Williams, Lopez and Andrei Kirilenko have all missed quite a few games already. The former two have already been ruled out for tonight's game, while Kirilenko is currently questionable.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Toronto Raptors</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/portland-trail-blazers-vs-toronto-raptors-a-35038/" title="Check our our coverage and picks from a previous game" target="_blank"><br />The Raptors are hanging in there</a> and have already pulled off some solid wins this season. They come into tonight on the heels of two consecutive wins, one on the road in Philadelphia and the other at home to Washington.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Against the Wizards, it seems liked everyone was getting their chances on the offensive end. Six different members of Toronto scored in double figures, with the team shooting 47.4 percent overall.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay both had 17 points apiece, while Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas combined for 25 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks. The Raptors were +22 when Johnson was on the court.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:1em"><em>Check out: <a id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_articleLink" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-tuesday-picks-the-day-a-35279/">NBA Tuesday Picks of the Day</a></em><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">DeRozan (21.2 PPG) and Gay (20.2 PPG, 7.3 RPG) aren't having the most efficient seasons in the world, but they're both natural scorers who provide the Raptors with instant offense. Kyle Lowry has been playing very well, while JV and Johnson are getting used to each other in the post. Don't forget about the likes of Terrence Ross and Tyler Hansbrough coming off the bench too.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">This season, Toronto has gone 3-3 SU (2-4 ATS) against the <a href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="Live NBA odds available from SBR" target="_blank">NBA odds</a> at home. With wins over Washington, Boston and Utah and losses to Miami, Portland (in OT) and Chicago.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">NBA Pick</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">On paper, the Nets should be able to stick around in Toronto, even in the face of all of their injuries. Shaun Livingston and Andray Blatche are more than serviceable replacements in the starting lineup, while more minutes for the likes of Alan Anderson, Mason Plumlee and high-energy Reggie Evans aren't the worst thing in the world.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">But, we just can't take Brooklyn in their current state. The Nets, who are 1-7 SU on the road, are ranked dead last in defensive efficiency and haven't been much better (#24) offensively. Meanwhile, the Raptors are in the top half of the league in both areas.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">So, let's add Toronto to <a href="/nba-basketball/" title="Check our free NBA picks before placing yours" target="_blank">our NBA picks</a> as they look to keep hold of their first-place standing in the division.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Pick: </b><span style="font-size:1em">Toronto Raptors -7</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">[gameodds]5/248196/?r-1=19-43-349/us[/gameodds]<br /></span></p>
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