Nov 5, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) pumps his fist during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
The Nets are a 3-point road favorite against the Raptors Sunday at 3:30pm ET
Brooklyn has won four games in a row
Toronto will be playing its fourth game in seven days – see who we like below
The Brooklyn Nets (6-3) are a 3-point road favorite against the Toronto Raptors at 3:30pm ET Sunday. Brooklyn has won four straight games after taking double-digit losses in three of their first five games.
The Raptors (6-4) had a five-game winning streak broken in a one-point home loss to Cleveland on Friday and will be playing their fourth game in seven days.
Nets vs Raptors Odds
Over 209.5 (-110)
Under 209.5 (-110)
*Odds from FanDuel on Nov. 7
The Nets (+260) are the betting favorite to win the NBA championship. They are playing the second game of a six-game road trip that began with a 96-90 victory at Detroit on Friday, when they failed to cover as 9.5-point favorite.
Nets’ sixth-man LaMarcus Aldridge has scored in double-figures in the last four games, averaging 15.8 points on 27-of-41 shooting from the field, 65.9%. Aldridge and starter Blake Griffin are the nominal “fives” in Steve Nash’s lineup.
Durant Making History
MVP candidate Kevin Durant became the first player in franchise history to score at last 20 points in the first nine games of the season when had 29 along with 10 rebounds in the victory over Detroit on Friday. Durant made two baskets in the final 1:13 to help the Nets hold on.
whew @KDTrey5 😅 pic.twitter.com/2J5UEL7mI2
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) November 6, 2021
Durant, who missed a long jumper against Milwaukee that would have sent the Nets to the NBA Finals last season, has shown a good shooting touch so far. He led the NBA with a 28.3 scoring average before Saturday games and is shooting 56.9% from the field.
He has made at least 50% of his field goal attempts in the last eight seasons and shot a career-high 53.7% last year, his first with the Nets.
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Raptors’ Tough Loss
Toronto lost a five-point lead in the final 1:43 of a 102-101 loss to Cleveland on Friday, breaking their five-game winning streak. OG Anunoby had a team-high 23 points, but missed a jumper in the final seconds and Scottie Barnes could not convert the tip-in.
Barnes missed the previous two games with a sprained right thumb. Anunoby (20.6), Fred VanVleet (18.7) and Barnes (17.6) are the team’s leading scorers in the absence of Pascal Siakam, who averaged 21.4 points last season and 22.9 in 2019-20.
Siakam underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder in June, is ahead of schedule in his recovery and could return to the lineup next week, according to head coach Nick Nurse.
Harden’s Tough Night
Nets guard James Harden will look to recover from an off night in Detroit, when he finished one turnover short of a quadruple-double. He had 13 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds and nine turnovers in 36 minutes. He was 3-of-10 from field field, make three 3-point shots.
all these players have not got attention for their bad start to the season, why? their name is not russell westbrook or james harden. pic.twitter.com/a9FUh2mEjE
— alex (@alexvstheworId) October 28, 2021
Harden’s became the fifth player in NBA history with a triple-double and no two-point baskets, joining Jason Kidd, Delon Wright, Steve Blake and Kirk Hinrich.
Brooklyn and Toronto are among the best defensive teams in the league three weeks into the season. The Raptors are limiting teams to 100.4 points per game, which was fourth-fewest in the NBA, and the Nets are holding opponents to 103.3 points, the ninth-best mark.
The Brooklyn Nets are the 20th Ranked offense in the NBA & the 9th ranked Defense 🤯🤯 lol .. pic.twitter.com/CKwYf5TekI
— NetsKingdom 👑🗽 (@NetsKingdomAJ) November 2, 2021
Durant’s Nets have limited opponents to a 41.7 field goal percentage, which was the fourth-lowest. The Raptors, are shooting are shooting 43.1% from the floor, in the lower fourth of the league.
By the Numbers
The Raptors are 13-1 straight up in their last 14 home games against the Nets and 4-1 ATS in their last five head-to-head meetings. The total has gone under in four of the last six overall and four of the last six in Toronto.
The total has been under in the Nets’ last five road games and in eight of the nine games this season. The Nets’ 117-108 home victory against Atlanta on Wednesday was their only over of the season.
The pick: Under 209.5 (-110)