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Brooklyn Nets (15-21) at Toronto Raptors (17-17)

January 11th, 2014 at 1:32 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

The Toronto Raptors are back in action tonight as they play host to division rival, the Brooklyn Nets. Tonight is "Drake Night" at the Air Canada Center and the Raptors are hoping to show the Nets that they started from the bottom but now they are here to stay. The Raptors have win six of their last eight and lead the Nets by three games in the Atlantic Division. The Nets have won five in a row and are undefeated in 2014. This is the second of four meetings between the teams. The Nets won the first meeting 102-100 on November 26 in Toronto.

Here are some notes for tonight's game:

  • The Nets are coming off a 104-95 double overtime win last night against the Miami Heat. Their starters played way more minutes than they were used to, with point guard Shaun Livingston playing a career-high 51 minutes. The Raptors will need to take advantage of the Nets' tired legs.
  • DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined for 51 points in the first meeting between the teams. Rudy Gay shot 3-12 for the Raptors that game. The Raptors are a much different team since the last time they played the Nets.
  • Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 13.1 points per game and 9.1 rebounds over his last seven home games.
  • The Nets are 1-5 in the second game of back-to-backs and are 0-3 following games that went to overtime.
  • Nets forward Andray Blatche had 24 points on 10-16 shooting in the first meeting between the teams. 
  • Former-Raptors guard Alan Anderson is averaging 8.1 points per game for the Nets this season.
  • The Nets will still be without point guard Deron Williams who is out with an ankle injury.

Projected Starters

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas

Brooklyn Nets: Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

Tonight's game starts at 7 pm. ET

Let's Go Raptors!


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