Raptors continued their impressive performance in the NBA restart and destroyed the Nets in the opening game of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal by 24 points. They are playing the best defense in the league and have lost only once since the games began again. The Nets will need to be better in Game 2 and try and even the series.
Date/Time: 08-19-2020, 13:30 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -11.5 Total: +226
Raptors finished the regular season with a 53-19 record (41-29-1 ATS). They were placed second in the East. They are 7-1 in the Orlando bubble. In their last game they won against the Nets in Game 1, 134-110. They proved that they were the heavy favorites, easily covering the -9.5 spread.
Pascal Siakam leads the team in scoring with 22.9 ppg, adding 7.3 rebounds. Kyle Lowry adds 19.4 ppg, 5 rebounds and a team-high 7.5 assists per game.
Nets finished the regular season with a 35-37 record (37-35 ATS). They were placed 7th in the East. In their last game they saw a three-game winning streak getting snapped. They lost against Toronto in Game 1, 110-134, failing to cover the +9.5 handicap.
Caris LeVert leads the team in scoring with 18.7 ppg, adding 4.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. The team in playing in Orlando without Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie.
Toronto leads Brooklyn 4-1 wins this season.
They are better both offensively (113 to 111.8) and defensively (106.6 to 112.6).
Raptors have better percentages both in field goals (45.8% to 44.8%) and in 3-pointers (37.6% to 34.2%).
On the other hand, Nets are better in rebounding (47.9 to 45.4), while Raptors are better both in turnovers committed (14.8 to 15.2) and in assists made (25.2 to 24.6).
Bookmakers give the Raptors a -11.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They are superior to their opponents and they will get away with an easy victory once again.
Nets vs Raptors Game 2 Prediction: Toronto Raptors -11.5 (-106)
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