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NBA Game Preview - Raptors underdogs vs Nets at Brooklyn

Toronto RaptorsBrooklyn Nets
35-26March 10, 2014, 07:30 | Barclays Center31-30

Toronto pays a visit to Brooklyn on Monday, hoping to send the Nets to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at Barclays Center.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Nets currently sport a record of 31-30, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 32-29 ATS. The Raptors are 35-26 and 37-23-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Nets post a 30-29-2 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Raptors have gone 31-30 against the number.

View Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets Odds and Stats.

Those backing the visitors in this one found the Raptors listed as 3-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 194.5 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 16-rated Nets and the No. 7-ranked Raptors, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 94-90 result in favor of the Raptors.

Toronto was a 111-104 winner in its last match on the road against the Timberwolves. They covered the 5.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 215 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Toronto got 25 points from DeMar DeRozan en route to a 111-104 victory over Minnesota on Sunday at Target Center.

The Nets were a 104-89 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Kings. They covered the 7-point spread as favorites, while the total score (193) made winners of UNDER bettors. Marcus Thornton scored 27 points for Brooklyn on Sunday, leading the Nets to a 104-89 victory over Sacramento at Barclays Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Brooklyn's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 97.44 PPG, against a Raptors defense that ranks No. 4 at 97.07 PPG. The Nets field goal percentage has averaged 45.13% so far, more than the Raptors shooters have achieved on the year, 44.2% per game.

Next up:
Toronto home to Detroit, Wednesday, March 12th
Brooklyn at Miami, Wednesday, March 12th