Raptors vs Nets: Leonard looks to lead Toronto into Brooklyn
Raptors vs Nets NBA odds, spreads and predictions
When is it? Friday December 7th
What time is tip off? 7:30 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? Barclays Center
Which channel is it on? YES Network
Kawhi Leonard has the Toronto Raptors on a roll.
Leonard finished with 36 points and nine rebounds, and Jonas Valanciunas added 26 points and eight rebounds, to lead the Raptors to an impressive 113-102 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Serge Ibaka contributed 18 points and eight rebounds, and Kyle Lowry chipped in seven points with four rebounds and four assists for the Raptors.
Toronto will shift its attention toward the Nets on Friday night.
The Nets, on the other hand, are just dying to get a win.
Brooklyn hasn't won a game since November 20, and the Nets are currently on an eight-game losing streak. Their latest was a 114-112 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.
In that basketball game, Oklahoma City's Paul George finished with 47 points, and point guard Russell Westbrook had his 108th career triple-double to snap a tie with former Nets star Jason Kidd for third in NBA history. Westbrook finished with 21 points, 17 assists and 15 rebounds in the game.
Allen Crabbe led the way for the Nets with 22 points in the loss.
Raptors vs Nets Spread
The Raptors are giving the Nets 9 points in this matchup.
The Nets are clearly a mess and I don't think it's going to get better any time soon. I would roll with the Raptors in this matchup because I expect them to go into Brooklyn and come away with a dominant win.
With Leonard, it looks as if the Raptors have solidified themselves as the class of the Eastern Conference. And when you're the class of a conference, you beat teams that you should beat.
And the Raptors will beat the Nets... by more than 10 points.
Raptors vs Nets Over/Under
The over/under in this basketball game is set at 221 total points.
My final score prediction: Toronto Raptors 110, Brooklyn Nets 95.
Roll with the under in this one.
Where the game will be won or lost
The Toronto Raptors just have too much star power, and it begins and ends with Leonard.
Leonard leads the team in points (26.1 ppg) and rebounds (8.1 rpg), he's shooting an incredible 49.1 percent from the field and he is shooting 85.5 percent from the free throw line.
Leonard is doing exactly what he did in San Antonio, and it looks like he is on his way to Comeback Player of the Year, and he may even get some MVP consideration as well.
The Toronto Raptors begin and end with Leonard, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.