The Toronto Raptors went off on the Brooklyn Nets on Monday to the tune of a 24-point victory in game one of their playoff series. It was nearly a perfect game for the Raptors. Fred VanVleet scored 13 points above his season average, Toronto made half of their three-point attempts, and they shot 97% from the foul line in game one of the series. Don't expect any of those numbers to repeat themselves in game 2 tonight. The Raptors are the better team in this series, but they are not 24 points better than the Nets. Brooklyn will rebound in this game and put forth a much better showing on Wednesday. This will be a tighter game than game one was. Somehow, that will be enough to cover the spread.
Raptors scored 134 points on Monday, which was 20 points above their season average. They will come back down to earth on Wednesday and score closer to their regular-season average. The Raptors have the best defense in the NBA, so they will keep Brooklyn in check as well. The Nets have a top 10 defense in terms of opponents shooting as well, as they are fifth in opponents field goal percentage (44.6%) and ninth in opponents three-point shooting (35.0%). This will be a much lower scoring game than game one.