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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1 (Orlando)
(0-1) Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors (1-0)
Date: Wednesday, August 19th, 2020
Time: 1:30 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The Field House | ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: Nets +660 | Raptors -704
NBA Betting Odds: Nets +11.5 | Raptors -11.5
NBA Betting Total: 226.5
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The first round continues in the bubble with one side of the bracket undertaking their second games. To start Wednesday, the two-seeded Toronto Raptors and the seventh-seeded Brooklyn Nets tip off the day’s events.
Toronto is leading the series 1-0 and won the regular-season series 3-1.
The Brooklyn Nets hoped to carry over the good fortune they experienced in the seeding games to their first-round series.
The youngsters learned quickly they’ll need to adjust as the reigning champs led by 73-51 at the half.
Caris LeVert was solid adjusting to the Raptors lockdown defense and shifted his focus to involving his teammates instead. It resulted in a career-best 15 assists to go along with his 15 points.
Other Nets standouts were Joe Harris who dropped 19 points and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot continued his hot shooting streak with a career-best 26 points including six 3-pointers.
Jarrett Allen had a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds.
The Nets kept shooting from the perimeter hoisting 42 deep balls but only connecting on 13 for a meager 31 percent efficiency.
Jamal Crawford remains out.
In the category of its only one game but… the Toronto Raptors delivered the easiest and most impressive victory of all the teams in their first games.
Toronto built the lead over 30 points (33) but needed to refocus in the fourth quarter following a Nets spirited run in the third. They finished with a 24 point differential winning 134-110.
Fred VanVleet led the way for the Raptors with a double-double of 30 points and 11 assists including eight 3-pointers.
Every starter plus reserves Serge Ibaka (22) and rookie Terence Davis (11) delivered double-figure scoring efforts. Pascal Siakam continues to shake off the rust and struggle shooting but produced a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The one issue Toronto had in the seeding games was turnovers which they cleaned up with only 11.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 9-3 in BK last 12 games as an underdog.
- TOR are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Under is 7-2 in TOR last 9 home games.
Free Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Nets coach Jacques Vaughan was happy with how his team responded to taking the first punch coming out fighting in the third quarter and vowed to make the tweaks necessary for Game 2.
The problem for Brooklyn is Raptors’ coaching savant Nick Nurse will also make adjustments which will likely result in an even more intense defensive focus in this match.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors -11.5
While the Nets have lived behind the perimeter it was the Raptors who feasted there nailing 50 percent of their triples.
Two Raptors to watch are Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam. Lowry always starts series off slowly not liking to have too many days off in a row.
Siakam is due for a big night and my gut tells me Nurse will look at the film to figure out specific plays to unleash his star.
***NOTE*** In case you missed it…When the 2020 NBA 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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