The Toronto Raptors are neck-and-neck with the Milwaukee Bucks at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Plenty of punters will be backing Nick Nurse’s side to go on and finish as the top seed in the East but Toronto will be confident either way. It would take a brave man to back against the Raptors at this moment in time.
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets have been consistently average in 2018/19. With 21 wins and 22 losses on their record, Brooklyn have failed to build momentum for most of the season – although they have won six of their last 10 outings.
The Nets will be heavy underdogs ahead of their trip to Scotiabank Arena but that could play into their hands.
Toronto have an excellent record in this fixture. The Raptors had won 12 meetings in a row before falling to the Nets in December and Canadian fans will be expecting Toronto to get back to winning ways here.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the two teams ahead of this weekend’s contest.
Raptors In Control Of Their Own Destiny
Toronto head into this contest with a 31-12 record and Raptors supporters will be expecting big things in the coming months. Winning the NBA title is the number one objective for the Canadian outfit this year but most fans would settle for a run to the Finals series.
Beating the Golden State Warriors over a seven-game series would be very difficult indeed – nobody would argue against that. However, Toronto have the talent and strength in depth to push the Warriors close. Write the Raptors off at your peril…
With Kawhi Leonard doing Kawhi Leonard things on a weekly basis, the sky is the limit for this Toronto side. 10Bet have the Raptors at 7/4 to claim the Eastern Conference crown this season and we could see Nurse’s men run riot in front of their ardent home fans.
The Raptors asserted their dominance in the East with a 123-116 victory over Milwaukee at the start of January – much to the delight of Canadian basketball followers. A win here over an Atlantic Division rival will maintain their status as the top team in the East.
Nets Going Through The Motions In 2018/19
Nobody expected Brooklyn to come out and challenge at the top of the Eastern Conference but the Nets have failed to build any sort of momentum thus far. We are already in January and the chance to claim a playoff berth is slowly but surely slipping away…
With a 5-3 record in the division, the Nets have enjoyed reasonable success against the rest of the Atlantic group. If nothing else, this shows that Brooklyn have the capability to give anyone a game – Toronto and the Philadelphia 76ers have both struggled against the Nets.
According to the latest NBA odds at 888sport, Brooklyn are 4/1 to win this game. Most fans will be expecting a comfortable night for Toronto but we shouldn’t sleep on the Nets. This could turn out to be a tricky affair and it might go right down to the wire.
There isn’t much value in the outright winner market. Toronto are a very short price and it would be foolish to back the Raptors – especially when we recall Brooklyn’s demolition job on the Canadian side in early December.
Instead, opting for over 221.5 total points is the way to go. The Nets may fall short in their pursuit of glory but they can certainly score and this should be another high-scoring NBA contest. Neutrals, prepare to be entertained.
TIP: Over 221.5 total points (10/11 with 888sport)
CORRECT SCORE: Toronto Raptors 123-114 Brooklyn Nets