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Brooklyn Nets Odds
The Brooklyn Nets need to slow down the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday after the 134-110 loss in Game 1. The defensive shortcomings were alarming — the club also gave up 134 points in the final seeding game — and it’s the team’s worst two-game stretch of defense this season.
More consistent offense could make up for some of that. The Nets were 13-for-42 on 3-pointers in the first game, though much of that miserable rate was related to Garrett Temple’s 1-of-10 mark. Timothe Lawawu-Cabarrot’s 26 points off the bench were huge, but Toronto’s reserves still outscored Brooklyn’s backups by 45-43.
The Nets will want to build off a stretch, mostly in the second half, when they outscored the Raptors by 25 points that cut a 33-point hole to eight.
Toronto Raptors Odds
The Toronto Raptors scored more than 35 points in three of the four quarters in the series opener and will look to keep the attack flowing on Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets.
More than half of the team’s 40 field goals came on 3-pointers as Toronto went 22-for-44 from deep. The 22 hoops from 3-point range set a franchise playoff record and matched a season high for long-range accuracy, so the success beyond the arc might have been a bit out of character. That included Fred VanVleet’s 8-for-10 on 3-pointers on his way to 30 points. VanVleet also provided 11 assists, so his scoring touch hasn’t distracted from his playmaking.
The Raptors might feel ahead of schedule because it’s only the second time in their last seven trips to the playoffs when they won a postseason opener. Looking ahead, a good omen might be that they are 5-1 during that stretch in Game 2s of the opening round.