The 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament continues on Tuesday night, and the Brooklyn Nets need a win (preferably by a lot), and some help, to get into the final eight teams that head to Las Vegas.
Can the Nets make it happen as slight home favorites against the Toronto Raptors?
Brooklyn still won’t have Ben Simmons or Cam Thomas in this game, but it has been money against the spread all season long.
Here’s a look at the odds and my best bet for this matchup:
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Raptors vs. Nets odds, spread and total
Raptors vs. Nets how to watch
- Date: Tuesday, Nov. 28
- Game Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
- Venue: Barclays Center
- How to Watch (TV): YES Network, NBA League Pass
- Raptors Record: 8-9
- Nets Record: 8-8
Raptors vs. Nets injury reports
Raptors injury report
- Gradey Dick – out
- Christian Koloko – out
- Ron Harper Jr. – out
- Javon Freeman-Liberty – out
- Markquis Nowell – out
Nets injury report
- Cameron Johnson – probable
- Nic Claxton – available
- Ben Simmons – out
- Dennis Smith Jr. – questionable
- Cam Thomas – out
Raptors vs. Nets key players to watch
Scottie Barnes: A former Rookie of the Year, Barnes has taken a step this season, averaging 19.0 points per game while shooting over 37 percent from beyond the arc. He’s looking like a star that Toronto can build around going forward if the team moves on from O.G. Anunoby and Pascal Siakam this coming offseason.
Mikal Bridges: Just last week, Bridges poured in 45 points in a matchup with the Atlanta Hawks, but he’s been a little all over the place scoring the ball this season. Overall, Bridges is averaging 21.8 points per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the field.
Raptors vs. Nets prediction and pick
Brooklyn is the No. 2 team in the NBA against the spread this season, going 12-3-1 ATS through 16 games.
I like the Nets in this game at home, especially since the Raptors are just 3-5 on the road and 3-3-1 ATS as road dogs this season.
Toronto comes into this game at No. 20 in the league in net rating while the Nets – despite their .500 record – have a positive net rating at +0.4.
Brooklyn is also one of the best shooting teams in the NBA – ranking No. 5 in effective field goal percentage while the Raptors are just 19th in that category.
I’ll roll with Brooklyn to stay hot ATS on Tuesday.
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