The Toronto Raptors are in Brooklyn tonight to take on the red-hot Nets in an Atlantic Division battle. The Raptors currently lead the Nets by a game and a half and will try to distance themselves with a win tonight. The Nets have won five straight and are 10-1 in the month of January, with their one loss coming against the Raptors on January 11. The Raptors have won two of their last three games, but are coming off a 126-118 loss against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.
This is the third of four meetings between the teams. With the season series currently tied at 1-1, this game will give the winner a great chance of locking up the tiebreaker.
Here are some notes for tonight's game:
- The Raptors will be without leading scorer DeMar DeRozan as he did not make the trip to Brooklyn. DeRozan injured his ankle on Saturday and left the game in discomfort. His status is listed as unknown and the team does not know when he will be back in the lineup. The team also declined to announce a replacement for DeRozan in the starting rotation for tonight's game.
- Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (broken nose) is with the team and is expected to play. Patterson is undecided on whether to wear a mask or not as it was hindering his vision in practice. Tyler Hansbrough will once again be a game-time decision with an ankle injury. Hansbrough has missed 13 straight games with the injury.
- Raptors guard Terrence Ross is coming off a career-high and franchise-tying 51 points on Saturday. Ross hit 10 three pointers and was impactful on both ends of the court. He will need to have another solid game with the absence of DeRozan.
- The Nets have been bringing point guard Deron Williams off the bench since his return from injury and it seems to be working out. Shaun Livingston is doing a tremendous job running the starting unit, while a bench of Williams, Andray Blatche, Mirza Teletovic, and Andrei Kirilenko has been really solid.
- In the last meeting between the teams, Nets star Joe Johnson was held to just six points on 2-7 shooting. He has struggled over his last two games overall as well and will look to break out of his slump tonight in a much needed win against the Raptors.
Tonight's game starts at 7:30 pm. ET and can be seen on TSN.
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