Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets

The Raptors look for a third straight win this afternoon when they host the Nets, as they’ll also look to avoid the season sweep at the hands of Brooklyn.

Start time: 3:30 PM ET
Channel: TSN

Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray
Brooklyn: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Keith Bogans, Reggie Evans, Brook Lopez

Injury report
Toronto: Jonas Valanciunas and Andrea Bargnani are out
Brooklyn: Gerald Wallace is out

Random Thoughts

  • Quincy Acy and Reggie Evans on the same court – you’ve been warned. Evans averages 11 rebounds per game in less than 25 minutes per night (a ridiculous rate of 16.2 rebounds per 36 minutes) while Acy really does resemble a younger Evans (both in style of play and appearance), albeit with more refined offence and better man-to-man defence. Add in the fact that Quincy is logging regular minutes now, and we’re sure to see this matchup at least a few times today.
  • The Raptors haven’t won three straight since they beat the Wizards in the infamous Wale feud game way back on February 19 and figure to be in tough again this afternoon. Beating a shorthanded Bulls team was one thing, but the Nets are playing well right now, as they’ve won four in a row with a big win at Indiana on Friday night. Brooklyn has guaranteed themselves a top-four seed in the East and home court advantage in the first round, but they still have a shot at 50 wins and an outside shot at a top-three seed, so I don’t think they’re settling for cruise control mode today.
  • Many felt that Deron Williams had played himself out of elite point guard status over the last couple of years, but he certainly seems to have regained his form recently. Williams is still averaging nearly 19 points and eight assists per game this season and he’s averaged 26 points and nine assists during the Nets’ current four-game winning streak, which included a 33-point, 14-assist performance in Indiana less than 48 hours ago.