It’s an NBA playoffs 2014 triple-header on ESPN’s family of networks, beginning with Game 6 of the first-round series between the Raptors and Nets. According to a May 2 NBA report, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., will be the site for this pivotal game, which will be televised on ESPN2 and streaming live on ESPN3.
Opening tipoff is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET (6:10 p.m. CT/4:10 p.m. PT) with the (3-2) Toronto Raptors leading the best-of-seven series over the (2-3) Brooklyn Nets. The first team to win four games moves on to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs to face the 2-time defending champion Miami Heat.
For the visiting Raptors, despite going into the postseason as the third seed, this team is still fighting to get respect in the National Basketball Association. However, as noted by Zach Harper of CBS Sports, experience will play a huge role in tonight’s contest.
The biggest concern for Dwane Casey is how his team will react in their first closeout NBA playoffs game. Conventional wisdom suggests that the more experienced team has the advantage in these types of setting, which is great news for the home squad.
For the sixth-seeded Nets, Game 7 back in Toronto isn’t promised regardless of how many positives are on Brooklyn’s side. Consequently, Ian O’Connor of ESPN isn’t out of line when stating that in the case of an early exit, first-year head coach Jason Kidd would be the “biggest flop of all”.
How will it all play out tonight from the Big Apple: Will the Raptors finally get the respect they crave, or will there be a decisive Game 7 north of the border? According to 2014 NBA playoffs oddsmakers, the Brooklyn Nets [-5] are listed as five-point favorites against the Toronto Raptors [+5] and the OVER/UNDER tallies 192 points total.
ATS Activity Prior to ESPN2 TV Start Time Schedule
Toronto spread: 59 percent.
Brooklyn spread: 41 percent.
OVER wagers: 54 percent.
UNDER wagers: 46 percent.
Trends Prior to ESPN3 Live Stream Online Feed
Raptors are 22-6-3 ATS in their last 31 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Raptors are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 Friday games.
Raptors are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 road games versus a team with a winning home record.
Nets are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.
Nets are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win.
Nets are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games playing on 1 days rest.
Raptors vs Nets 2014 NBA Playoffs Key Game 6 Stats
OVER is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Brooklyn.
Toronto is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Brooklyn.
OVER is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Underdog is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Road team is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.