Preview: Brooklyn At Toronto

When: 12:30 PM  ET, Saturday, April 19, 2014
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
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The Toronto Raptors host a playoff game for the first time in six years when they open a best-of-seven series Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets in a matchup of youth versus experience. After a slow start and a notable trade that sent swingman Rudy Gay to Sacramento, Toronto went 42-22 over the final four-plus months of the season to record a franchise record in victories and storm to the Atlantic Division crown - its first since 2006-07. The Raptors also were a three-seed that season and also opened play against the Nets, who - behind then-point guard and current head coach Jason Kidd - won the series in six games.

That still stands as the last playoff series win for Brooklyn, which was the trendy choice to take the Atlantic after acquiring veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett but stumbled out of the gate, only to rebound once the calendar turned to 2014. The Nets' starters boast a combined 399 career playoff games, while there are three playoff rookies - guard DeMar DeRozan, forward Terrence Ross and center Jonas Valanciunas - among the Raptors' first five. The teams split four meetings this season, with each squad going 1-1 on its home floor and three of the four games decided by four points or fewer.

TV: 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, YES (Brooklyn), TSN (Toronto)

ABOUT THE NETS (44-38): Brooklyn nursed its wounds down the stretch and appears to be relatively healthy entering the series, as Garnett returned late in the season from a back injury and point guard Deron Williams was able to rest a balky knee in the final week of the regular season. Pierce, who averaged 19.8 points on 56.1 percent shooting in the four meetings with Toronto, also sat out two of the final five games as he works through a shoulder issue. Guard Shaun Livingston missed the last five contests with a sprained toe but is probable for the series opener.

ABOUT THE RAPTORS (48-34): DeRozan and point guard Kyle Lowry were the catalysts all season for Toronto, combining to average 40.6 points and 11.4 assists and stepping up their games against Brooklyn; DeRozan averaged 22.3 points and Lowry 22 points versus the Nets. DeRozan, who lead the Eastern Conference in free throws made and attempted by a wide margin - rested in the second-to-last game of the regular season and played just 22 minutes in the finale. The Raptors are 1-5 all-time in the first game of a playoff series.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Kidd was a player and Raptors head coach Dwane Casey an assistant when they won the 2011 NBA title with Dallas.

2. Toronto ranked third in the East in 3-pointers made, while Brooklyn was fourth.

3. Nets SG Marcus Thornton made eight 3-pointers en route to 44 points over the final two games of the regular season.

PREDICTION: Raptors 102, Nets 99

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Brooklyn 44-38 L2 28-13 15-25 2-2 42-36 9-7 26-26
Toronto 48-34 L1 26-15 22-19 4-5 44-29 11-5 32-20

Last Meeting

Brooklyn Toronto
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/10/14 TOR 97 BK 101 101 30 48.6 97 37 49.3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
BK S. Livingston 18 70.0 4
TOR K. Lowry 21 50.0 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
BK M. Plumlee 8 3 5
TOR K. Lowry 8 2 6
Assists Player  
BK D. Williams 5
TOR K. Lowry 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
BK J. Johnson 1299 45.3 166
TOR D. DeRozan 1898 43.5 547
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
BK A. Blatche 419 126 293
TOR J. Valanciunas 759 238 521
Assists Player  
BK D. Williams 394
TOR K. Lowry 614

Quickchart Matchup

Brooklyn  Off vs  Toronto Def
98.5 Points For
98.0 Points Against
45.9 FG%
45.0 FG%
38.1 Reb
41.0 Reb
Toronto Off vs  Brooklyn Def
101.3 Points For
99.5 Points Against
44.5 FG%
45.8 FG%
41.0 Reb
42.9 Reb

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
0
-110
196.5
Offshore Odds
5Dimes.eu
-103
-3.5
-105
192.5
CarbonSports
-110
-3.5
-110
192.5
GTBets.eu
-110
-3.5
-110
192.5
Top Bet
-110
-3.5
-110
192.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
SBO.ag
-110
-3.5
-110
192.5
BetDSI
-110
-3.5
-110
192.5
Sportsbook
-110
-3.5
-110
192.5
BookMaker.eu
-110
-3.5
-110
192.5
Vegas Odds
LVH
-110
-3
-110
192.5
Mirage
-110
-2.5
-110
193.5
Station
-110
-3
-110
193
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Brooklyn Overall Toronto
44-38 W/L 48-34
42-40-0 ATS 46-33-3
41-37-4 O/U 45-37-0
98.5 Pts For 101.3
99.5 Pts Against 98.0
Brooklyn A/H Toronto
15-25 W/L 26-15
17-23-0 ATS 21-18-2
18-20-2 O/U 25-16-0
95.7 Pts For 103.4
101.5 Pts Against 98.8