Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction, Preview and Odds - 12/02/2022

by Rod Pearson

Game Time: 7:30 pm ET, Friday, December 2, 2022
Venue:  Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Where to Watch:  YES

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Raptors +2.5, Nets -2.5; Over/Under:  223 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Raptors +2.5, Nets -2.5; Over/Under:  223 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Raptors +2.5, Nets -2.5; Over/Under:  223 points
 

Season Record

Toronto Raptors:  11-10 (3rd place, Atlantic Division)
Brooklyn Nets:  12-11 (4th place, Atlantic Division)
 
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Toronto Raptors:  5-5 last 10
Brooklyn Nets:  6-4 last 10

 

Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets Preview and Analysis

 
The Raptors are coming into this game with an 11-10 record overall and they are 3-8 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game off of a loss against the New Orleans Pelicans in their last game. Gary Trent Jr. led the team in points in that game with 35 while Pascal Siakam was next on the team with 23 points. Fred VanVleet led the team in assists in that game with 6 while Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam each led the team in rebounds with 6. They were 47.7% from the field, 28.9% from 3-point range, and 68.4% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 110.7 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 109.3 PPG against them. The Raptors have an ATS record of 12-9 this season and their O/U record is 11-10.
 
 
 
The Nets are coming into this game with a 12-11 record overall and they are 7-4 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game on a 3 game winning streak with wins coming against the Portland trail Blazers, the Orlando Magic, and the Washington Wizards in their last game. Kevin Durant led the team in points in that game with 39 while Kyrie Irving was next on the team with 27 points. Royce O'Neale led the team in assists in that game with 7 while Royce O'Neale and Nic Claxton each led the team in rebounds with 8. They were 46.4% from the field, 42.3% from 3-point range, and 92.3% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 111.6 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 110.6 PPG against them. The Nets have an ATS record of 10-12-1 this season and their O/U record is 9-14.

 

Raptors vs Nets Prediction

The current betting odds have the Nets listed as a 2.5 point favorite in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Nets have been starting to roll in their games as of late. They got off to a very rocky start and had to deal with a lot of issues both on and off the court, but they have finally found some stability with a new head coach and Irving back in their lineup. They have been putting together some wins now as they start to get rolling and they love playing against the Raptors as Durant always brings his best game for them. The Raptors have had their struggles on the road this season as they haven't played as good as they have in home games. They are also dealing with a lot of injuries to their bench depth, they did get Siakam back from injury recently but it was still no help in their loss against the Pelicans the other night, that game being on the road. The Nets are starting to roll and they will be at home while the Raptors have been struggling in road games and still have to worry about a lot of injury concerns. The best way to place a bet here is on the Nets to cover the spread in this game.
 
Raptors Nets Prediction:  Our NBA Pick for Friday, December 2, 2022 (7:30 pm ET start time) is Nets 114 Raptors 106.
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NBA Betting Trends

 
Toronto Raptors: 20-13 ATS off an upset loss as a favorite. 20-14 ATS in a road game where the total is greater than or equal to 220. 23-13 UNDER off an upset loss of 10 points or more as a road favorite.
Brooklyn Nets: 26-49 ATS as a home favorite. 16-25 ATS in a home game where the total is 220 to 229.5. 12-7 UNDER when the total is greater than or equal to 220.
 

Key Injuries

 
Toronto Raptors:  P. Achiuwa (PF) Late Dec - Ankle. O. Porter Jr. (SF) Out indefinitely - Toe.
Brooklyn Nets:  D. Sharpe (C) Ques Fri - Illness. B. Simmons (SG) Mid Dec - Knee. Y. Watanabe (SG) Out indefinitely - Hamstring. T. Warren (SF) Prob Fri - Foot.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
“It was disappointing we didn’t play very good defense all night long, really.” - Nick Nurse after his team’s loss against the Pelicans in their game on Wednesday.
 
 
“The fact that he shows up every single day, he’s ready to work, he’s ready to listen, he’s ready to be a great teammate.” - Jacque Vaughn on Kevin Durant after his team’s win against the Wizards in their game on Wednesday.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Toronto Raptors
PG Fred VanVleet
SG OG Anunoby
SF Scottie Barnes
PF Pascal Siakam
C Thaddeus Young
 
Brooklyn Nets
PG Kyrie Irving
SG Royce O'Neale
SF Kevin Durant
PF Markieff Morris
C Nic Claxton
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Toronto Raptors
PPG: P. Siakam (24)
APG: P. Siakam (7.1)
Reb/G: P. Siakam (9.2)
 
Brooklyn Nets
PPG: K. Durant (30.4)
APG: B. Simmons (5.8)
Reb/G: N. Claxton (8.5)
 
Coaches:
Toronto Raptors: Nick Nurse (5th season)
Brooklyn Nets: Jacque Vaughn (1st season)
 


Rod Pearson

About the Author:

Rod Pearson has been a rabid sports fan his entire life.  He grew up in Ontario, and was skilled in both hockey and baseball, and pitched in an elite baseball league for many years.  In 2022, Rod decided to hang up his glove, so that he could write about the sports he loves -- but from a gambling perspective.  Join Rod every day as he breaks down the games to find the best betting value.

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