Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Al Presto. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes.
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The (27-13) Toronto Raptors of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division will make the trip to the “BIG APPLE” for a Divisional matchup.
Toronto will play the (8-32) Brooklyn Nets also of the Eastern Conference Atlantic in 2017 NBA action. Tip-off is 7:30 PM EST.
The game is on Tuesday. January 17, 2017. The teams will play at Barclay’s Center in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, New York.
The best Sports Handicapper believes Toronto Raptors are ready to battle Cleveland for supremacy in the East.
Toronto has one of the best guard combinations in the Association.
Brooklyn will be eligible to be in the 2017 NBA draft lottery again this season. Fans in the second largest borough of New York are tired of watching subpar basketball.
The Opening Betting line has the Toronto Raptors as an Eleven Point Road Favorite Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 227 for Thursday’s contest.
The 2017 Toronto Raptors are on top in the Eastern Conference Atlantic, two games in front of second-place Boston.
Toronto has won their last three both straight up and to the number. The Raptors are 8-0 this season vs. Divisional opponents.
Toronto is 2-0 in head to head action against the Nets this season, winning both by double digits.
Head Coach Dwane Casey understands what is on the table this season and is confident his team is up for the challenge.
Toronto lost to the World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers for the Eastern Conference title in six games last season.
Fans in the province of Ontario believes the Raptors will contend again in this season. The guard combination of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are the catalyst of the Raptors.
The two All-Star are also the teams leading scorers. Center Jonas Valanciunas is a threat at both ends of the floor with a soft touch around the rim and decent defensive skills.
The key to a Toronto victory is to play with enthusiasm vs. A less than stellar opponent.
Bovada.Lv list the 2017 Toronto Raptors at +800 to win the Eastern Conference Championship.
The Brooklyn Nets own the worst record in the NBA with just eight victories. The organization is still reeling from bad deals in the past five years.
General Manager Sean Marks has his work cut out going forward. The Nets have lost ten in a row straight up and have covered the spread just twice in the span.
The first year Head Coach Kenny Atkinson is doing an admirable job on the bench but must put more of an emphasis on defense.
Brooklyn ranks last in the league, allowing opponents a little more than one hundred and fourteen points per game.
Center Brook Lopez is the cornerstone of the franchise and leads the team in scoring.
Free Agent acquisition Jeremy Lin must do a better job in the rotation or may find himself with another team next season.
Bovada.Lv list the Brooklyn Nets at +40,000 to win the 2017 Atlantic Division Crown.
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