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Brooklyn Nets (35-38) at Toronto Raptors (54-19)

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 1:30 pm

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*4 Star NBA Early Bird Special* The Toronto Raptors won 134-110 over the Brooklyn Nets in game one of the series. That has led this total to jump all the way to 226.5. A five point adjustment is really extreme. 

Toronto averaged 1.327 points per possession in game one. Brooklyn averaged 1.078 points per possession. 

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These two teams met four times in the regular season. The highest posted total was 224.5 (the others were all 218.5 or lower). In the four regular season meetings the Raptors averaged 1.089 points per possession while the Nets averaged 1.047 points per possession. Three of the four games went under this total and two of them went under by a large amount. 

The Raptors are elite on defense. The Nets aren't terrible on defense either, and they should do a better job guarding Fred Van Vleet in this one.

Toronto made 22/44 from 3 point range in game one. The fact they got ahead by so much early in the game made the overall pace of the game speed up. 

This is a big adjustment and I have to bet the under here. Playoff games mean a lot to professionals and I would expect stronger efforts on defense.

Take the under. 

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Kyle’s Pick Under: 226.5 -110

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