Start time: 7:30 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet One
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jerryd Bayless, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Andrea Bargnani, Amir Johnson
New Jersey: Jordan Farmar, MarShon Brooks, DeShawn Stevenson, Kris Humphries, Shelden Williams
Toronto: Jose Calderon is questionable for tonight.
New Jersey: Pay attention, here. Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Mehmet Okur, Keith Bogans Damion James and Shawne Williams are all out. Whew.
Decimated — that’s how I would describe the New Jersey Nets’ roster right now. They’ve actually played pretty well recently, under the circumstances, with a .500 record over their last 12 games. But the understandably poor attendance at the Prudential Center hasn’t done them any favors — they’re 4-15 at home and 10-14 on the road this season.
Only having Brook Lopez in their lineup for five of their 43 games has been devastating to the Nets’ defense, as they’re dead last in defensive efficiency with 110.9 points allowed per 100 possessions. They also get out-rebounded by more than two boards per game, and they’d be a lot worse off if they didn’t have Kris Humphries pulling down 10.7 rebounds per game. Humphries has been a treasure for fantasy owners who took him in the mid to late rounds this season, complementing his rebounding with 13.6 points per game and 50 percent shooting. He’s been mostly ineffective while the Nets split two previous games with the Raptors this season, averaging 4.5 points and 12 rebounds.
Jose Calderon will probably sit this one out for the Raptors, which means Jerryd Bayless should get another opportunity to remind us how much more effective he is as a starter on the night after he dominated stud rookie Kyrie Irving. Bayless must be licking his chops at the opportunity to face off against Jordan Farmar tonight — I predict he’ll be the Raptors’ leading scorer tonight, win or lose.
Now that warm weather is here to say, it’s time to get your bicycle out of storage, right? Just watch out for bike tire thieves.