Brooklyn is rising with aspirations to be where the Toronto Raptors stand, at the top of the standings. But that will take time, and it won’t be this season. However, their trajectory is finally pointing up and on the right track.
Toronto owns the most wins in the NBA, with one of the leagues strongest home records at 17-4. They’ll look to keep rising Brooklyn at bay. While Brooklyn is hot, they’re not the only team on a roll. Toronto has won seven of their last ten with a three-game winning streak, having wins over the Hawks, Pacers, and the leagues current top team, the Milwaukee Bucks.
Led by the heart of their team, Kyle Lowry, who recently returned to the court after missing ten games with a game played in between, the Raptors look to reestablish themselves at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. Playing like the player they envisioned when obtaining him, Kawhi Leonard has averaging 27.3 points and 7.8 boards per game, being the constant force all season long and showing no signs of slowing down. He leads the team in minutes, points, rebounds, and steals per game.
Toronto Raptors Home NBA Form
|08.01.2019||WIN||Toronto Raptors 104 – 101 Hawks|
|06.01.2019||WIN||Toronto Raptors 121 – 105 Pacers|
|01.01.2019||WIN||Toronto Raptors 122 – 116 Jazz|
|30.12.2018||WIN||Toronto Raptors 95 – 89 Bulls|
|21.12.2018||WIN||Toronto Raptors 126 – 110 Cavaliers|
The last meeting between these teams was a turning point of sorts for Brooklyn. After losing their hottest player Caris Levert to injury, the team stumbled and spiraled losing eight straight. They seemed destined for another season of tanking with additional losses on the horizon and a strong Raptors team looming. However, then came a players only meeting which set off a change of plans, taking the team on an unexpected U-turn. Surprising everyone, they willed themselves to an overtime 106-105 win, setting off a seven-game winning streak.
With playoff hopes, they climbed from the Eastern Conference gutter into sixth place while creeping towards .500, standing at 21-22. A drastic turn of events for a team with no aspirations. Brooklyn comes in after beating the Atlanta Hawks in a game that featured their biggest comeback since moving from New Jersey to Brooklyn. They dug themselves into a 19-point ditch, overcoming that hole and ending up breezing past the Hawks 116-110.
Brooklyn Nets Away NBA Form
|07.01.2019||LOSS||Celtics 116 – 95 Brooklyn Nets|
|04.01.2019||WIN||Grizzlies 100 – 109 Brooklyn Nets|
|29.12.2018||LOSS||Bucks 129 – 115 Brooklyn Nets|
|28.12.2018||LOSS||Hornets 100 – 87 Brooklyn Nets|
|19.12.2018||WIN||Bulls 93 – 96 Brooklyn Nets|
The Money Line
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Odds taken at 14:00 GMT 11/01/2019
Our Verdict and Best Bets
They’ve built a reputation as a team that doesn’t give up and on that fights till the end, though beating Toronto again will be a tough order. It won’t take anything away from their rise, however it will offer this young Brooklyn team more experience against good teams, helping them get better.
Point Spread, Toronto Raptors -10 @ 1.91 (10/11) with Betfair.