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This photo represents five-eighths of the Raptors lineup tonight...seriously

A severely undermanned Raptors team will be in tough against the Nets in Toronto.

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The Raptors got off to a solid start in Brooklyn to keep the crowd at bay early on, even building a 10-point lead at one point in the first quarter, but a lazy second quarter and start to the second half dug a 14-point hole that they could never quite erase.

Take the jump for some thoughts on the game:

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Start Time: 7:30 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet

Probable Starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
Brooklyn: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Brook Lopez

Injury report
Toronto: No injuries to report.
Brooklyn: Josh Childress is out with a sore left ankle, while Keith Bogans will see limited minutes, if any, due to a sore knee.

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Fresh off of their heartbreaking, season opening loss at the hands of the Pacers, the task doesn’t get any easier for the Raptors. I mentioned in my season prediction post that 15 of Toronto’s first 22 games will come on the road, with six back-to-backs (more than one-third of their back-to-backs all season) crammed into a 25-day stretch in November, and that all begins Saturday night in Brooklyn.

Only it gets worse.

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By this point, most Raptors fans have come to terms with the fact that this team is aiming to make the playoffs this season. We’re not all in agreement about whether it’s good for the franchise to grab a seventh or eighth seed and then get destroyed in the first round, but that is what the 2012-13 Raptors are realistically aspiring to accomplish.

The Toronto Raptors haven’t been invited to the post-season party since 2008, so it would be kind of nice to end that drought — assuming, of course, that it was a sign of greater things to come in future seasons. However, this off-season has shifted the balance of power in the Eastern Conference in a way that should leave little doubt that the Atlantic Division — you know, the division in which the Raptors reside — is the strongest division in the Conference. Matter of fact, it could very well be the deadliest division in the whole league in 2012-13.

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