Early numbers had the Raptors favored by 7.5 points and that seems to be sticking, though certain sportsbooks have gone down to seven. Toronto is 6-7 SU and 7-6 ATS and Brooklyn is 3-10 SU and 4-9 ATS.
The O/U opened at 189 and has slowly risen to its current resting place of 190.
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.
Instead, it's been an utter disaster.
The Nets are not only tied for last place (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.
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.
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.
The Raptors are hanging in there 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.
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.
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.
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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.
This season, Toronto has gone 3-3 SU (2-4 ATS) against the NBA odds at home. With wins over Washington, Boston and Utah and losses to Miami, Portland (in OT) and Chicago.
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.
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.
So, let's add Toronto to our NBA picks as they look to keep hold of their first-place standing in the division.
Pick: Toronto Raptors -7