Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets / NBA – The end of the transitional period has further strengthened the teams in the East, especially Toronto, Milwaukee and Philadelphia. Although it is too early to speak, these three teams will be the most serious candidates for the East champions this season. On the other hand, the Nets are still a big surprise but it is more important to them that they are currently within the top eight teams of the East.
Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets begins 12.02.2019 at 01:30 CET
When it seemed that Toronto would calmly conclude the last day of the transitional period, an unexpected “trade” was made and one of the best Memphis players in their history, Marc Gasol, was brought in. It cannot be described how much he will mean to this team, especially in the playoffs, as it is one of the best defensive players in the league, who, regardless of his height, can also be a real playmaker.
Gasol (he had an average of 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists in Memphis this season) was traded for center Valanciunas, and Wright and Miles, while the Spanish player debuted against the Knicks and made 7 points and 6 rebounds in 19 minutes on the court. It was the fourth victory in a row for Raptors and a total of 41st in this season (with 16 defeats), which still keeps them in the second place of the East.
Probable lineups Toronto Raptors: Lowry, Green, Leonard, Ibaka, Siakam
Even though the basketball fans in New York expected that the Knicks would finally make a step forward this season (they have 16 defeats in a row at this moment), Brooklyn Nets are defending the honour of the city, despite the fact that they were not expected to be the candidates for playoffs. However, with the effect of 29-28, they are still sixth in the East and compared to the ninth team of this conference, they have even four wins more.
They are not in the best form before the match with Raptors, because they lost 4 of the last 5 matches. If we only look at duels against Toronto this season, they have won (after the extensions) the first duel in their hall, while they lost their match in Canada. It is important for them that after November 12th one of the best shooters LeVert has returned to the team, while we are all still waiting on the return of Dudley. As a reward for the good results of the Nets, play Russell was called as a substitute for the injured Omar at All-Star match.
Probable lineups Brooklyn Nets: Russell, Graham (LeVert), Harris, Kurucs, Allen
Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets PICK
By bringing Gasol, Toronto has further boosted the quality and width in their game. They can have an advantage over the Nets in all positions, but they should not relax as Denver, since that might cost them a victory and departure from the first place in the East.
Pick: Toronto -10 points
Odds: 1.93 at 10bet (down to 1.83 can be played)
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