The Raptors are back at home. After a quick three-game road trip yielded a bunch of success, including some rousing wins over Philadelphia and Atlanta, before a “okay, we did it” win over New York.
Tonight, Toronto hosts a surprising Nets team that finds themselves at the top of the “rest of the East” heap. The Nets currently sit sixth in playoff position, just over .500 at 29-28, behind the big five in Milwaukee, Toronto, Indiana, Philadelphia, and Boston. Brooklyn’s become a well-rounded team, getting it done with guys who don’t jump out at you — led by the All-Star D’Angelo Russell.
The bigger headline tonight, though, might be a new face and a couple familiar faces with freshly inked contracts. The Raptors’ Marc Gasol will make his home debut tonight after last week’s trade, while Chris Boucher and Malcolm Miller are officially with the NBA team full-time after signing multi-year deals. The acquisition of Jeremy Lin happened earlier today, so he won’t be in uniform (or in Toronto, most likely) today.
These Nets-Raptors matchups still have a way of being exciting. Let’s look forward to what’s in store.
With that, here are the details for the game.
Where to Watch
Sportsnet One (SN1) at 7:30pm EST
Toronto - Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka
Brooklyn - D’Angelo Russell, Joe Harris, Treveon Graham, Rodions Kurucs, Jarrett Allen
Toronto – Fred VanVleet (out - thumb)
Brooklyn – Spencer Dinwiddie (out - finger), DeMarre Carroll (questionable - knee), Jared Dudley (out - hamstring)