An ESPN report on May 3, 2014, sets the stage for what NBA playoffs fans can expect to see when they tune to ABC (national broadcast/free live stream) to watch Game 7 between the Nets and Raptors (TV start time: 1 p.m. ET). It’s do-or-die time for these franchises, as the winner moves on to face the Miami Heat in the second-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, while the loser goes home empty handed.
Basketball fans will fill the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, anxious to see if the young (3-3) Toronto Raptors will prove doubters wrong by eliminating the more experienced (3-3) Brooklyn Nets. Opening tipoff is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. EST following the conclusion of ABC’s NBA Countdown (12:30 p.m. EST).
For the visiting Nets, a win today would represent the first Game 7 playoff win in the franchise’s history. Nevertheless, as illustrated by Newsday on May 4, with “The Truth” and the “Big Ticket” in the lineup, Brooklyn holds a significant edge over Toronto in terms of experience in series finales.
With a combined 14 game-sevens under their belts, Paul Pierce (8) and Kevin Garnett (6) have twice as much experience than Toronto’s entire roster – which have only gone the distance seven times in the NBA playoffs. However, one of the things that play into the opposition’s favor is the fact that first-year NBA head coaches are only 5-16 all-time in Game 7s.
Having that said, the Raptors will have to embrace the role of underdogs yet again in order to extend their season, says the National Post. Despite being at home, in the eyes of most NBA aficionados, Toronto comes in projected to lose this winner-takes-all showdown with Brooklyn.
However, NBA oddsmakers at ESPN know better, as they have the home team favored by a basket. According to the latest point spreads, the Raptors [-3] will have a long-distance bucket to cover, while the Nets [+3] that much of a cushion to yield a winning bet.
In addition, the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 189 points and straight-up betting lines go as follows: Brooklyn [+130] vs. Toronto [-140]. Finally, to illustrate how the general consensus does favor Brooklyn over Toronto, here are some intriguing statistics to consider:
Point Spread Action Prior to TV Scheduled Start Time
Nets spread: 57 percent.
Raptors spread: 43 percent.
OVER wagers: 54 percent.
UNDER wagers: 46 percent.
ATS Trends Prior to ABC’s Free Live Stream Online
Nets are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 road games against teams with a home winning percentages of greater than .600.
Nets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games.
Nets are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 games playing on 1 days rest.
Raptors are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games.
Raptors are 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 games following a straight-up loss.
Raptors are 3-7-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
Nets-Raptors 2014 NBA Playoffs Key Stats for Game 7
Brooklyn is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Toronto.
Underdog is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Road team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.