Nets vs. Raptors Game 3 Prediction: NBA Playoff Odds, Point Spread

Charlie Grant | Updated Aug 21, 2020

Pascal Siakam, Raptors, 2020

The Raptors are now 9-1 straight up and 7-3 against the spread since joining the NBA bubble. Toronto opened as a heavy moneyline favourite to take a 3-0 series lead Friday.

Toronto
53-19
AT
August 21, 2020, 1:30 PM ET
HP Field House
Brooklyn
35-37
Pointspread -11.5 -110
Moneyline -608
Over / Under o +219.5

63%

Betting Action

37%

Pointspread +11.5 -110
Moneyline +456
Over / Under u +219.5

63%

Betting Action

37%

The obstacles continue to mount for the depleted Brooklyn Nets. Joe Harris is the latest regular to become unavailable for the double-digit Game 3 underdogs. Toronto is a -501 moneyline favourite to take a 3-0 series lead when the club takes the floor on Friday.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

It wasn’t pretty, but the defending champions held off the scrappy Nets to secure a 104-99 victory in Game 2 on Wednesday. The Raptors failed to cover as 11-point chalk. They’re now 9-1 straight up and 7-3 against the spread since joining the Disney World bubble. 

Toronto’s hot shooting form didn’t carry over to Game 2. The Dinos shot just 26 percent on 35 attempts from deep. The poor shooting day ended a three-game Over streak for the club. The Under improved to 7-3 in Toronto’s 10 games since the league’s restart. 

The Drakes’ owned the league’s best defence over the eight seeding games (102.7 defensive rating). Nick Nurse’s squad is keeping up its defensive intensity through two postseason games. The Raptors sit possess the third best defensive rating and net rating in this year’s playoffs heading into Thursday night’s action on the hardwood.

The picture isn’t as bright for the Nets. Head coach Jacque Vaughn is running out of players to play. Brooklyn’s active roster looks like a who’s who list of fringe NBA players. Sports Interaction is so confident of the Nets’ demise that the online sportsbook is pricing the Raptors at -200 to sweep the series.

Bettors aren’t quite as confident about the Dinos covering the spread in Game 3. About 40 percent of SIA players are backing the Nets to cover the 10.5-point spread.

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors have a head coach who’s not afraid to experiment even in playoff games. Toronto went with a seldom used, smaller lineup in crunch time of Game 2. Pascal Siakam manned the pivot in place of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. 

Norman Powell was also part of the closing group and rightfully so. The fifth-year wing scored 24 points and was a +16 in 32 minutes of action.

Brooklyn Nets

As mentioned, Joe Harris is the latest player unavailable to the Nets. He left the bubble due to a non-medical personal matter – meaning he won’t be able to suit up and play again until at least Game 6 in a series unlikely to go past five games.

Harris had 14 points and 15 rebounds in Game 2 while playing big minutes for his club. He was the Nets’ fourth leading scorer during the regular season. He’s by far Brooklyn’s biggest threat beyond the arc (42.4% during the campaign).

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