Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets

Kawhi Leonard leads the Toronto Raptors against the Brooklyn Nets and dynamic point guard D'Angelo Russell on Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:30 PM EST at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The broadcast is available on YES and TSN+RDS2; radio is available via TSN Radio 1050 Toronto.

How to Watch

What: Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets

Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY

When: Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:30 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): YES, TSN+RDS2 | TSN Radio 1050 Toronto

Toronto Raptors (Away)

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 55-23 | TOR}

Projected Starting Five: (G) Kyle Lowry - (G) Danny Green - (F) Kawhi Leonard - (F) Pascal Siakam - (C) Marc Gasol

The Toronto Raptors are among the best in the NBA, ranked second in the NBA's Eastern Conference. With a record of 55-23, the Raptors are only three games behind the Milwaukee Bucks who are first in the East. They are streaking at the moment and this game may be a preview of the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

The Toronto Raptors have been trying their best to get back into first in the East, but with only four matches left in their season, it seems unlikely they will win the crown. They are 7-3 in their last ten though, showing an impressive resolve despite a number of lineup changes.

The Toronto Raptors will have to take care against a dangerous Brooklyn Nets side. The Nets are not yet guaranteed a spot in the NBA Playoffs and will be firing on all cylinders in this outing. Russell put on a fabulous performance in their last meeting, which the Raptors will be eager to prevent from occurring again.

Brooklyn Nets (Home)

Head Coach: Kenny Atkinson {All-Time 87-155 | BKN}

Expected Starting Five: (G) D'Angelo Russell - (G) Joe Harris - (F) Demarre Carroll - (F) Rodions Kurucs - (C) Jarrett Allen

The Brooklyn Nets are in an incredibly precarious position going into this game. They own a record of 39-39, just a half game above the Miami Heat in eighth and a single game ahead of the Orlando Magic who are in ninth.

The Nets have done their best to stay up in the rankings, but their schedule is doing them no favors. The Nets are 4-6 in their last ten games and seem primed to fall out of the playoff race. This match against the Raptors is a true test to see if they can compete in the post-season.

The Toronto Raptors are dangerous at every position on the court. If their stars Lowry, Siakam, or Leonard are slowed in any way they are supported by the likes of Danny Green and Marc Gasol (who is a three-time All-Star in his own right). The Nets failed their last test against the Bucks, so will look to redeem themselves against the Raptors.

What's At Stake?

The Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn (once New Jersey) Nets own one of the NBA's most underrated rivalries. In 105 matches, the Raptors lead the Nets 52-40.

A win for the Raptors would keep them second in the East, just 2.5 games back from the Milwaukee Bucks.

A win for the Brooklyn Nets would keep them afloat in the NBA's Eastern Conference playoff race, placing them sixth above the Pistons and a whole game ahead of the Miami Heat.

Questions to answer

How will the Raptors line up?

Can the Nets overcome their remaining schedule?

We are going to compare the Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

The Raptors Are In Preservation Mode

The Toronto Raptors are no strangers to the late NBA-season and the dangers that it poses. As they've battled through injury, the Toronto Raptors have fielded an astounding 22 different starting lineups throughout the season. When they take on the Nets, their lineup is still in question.

The Raptors own key injuries to valuable reserves OG Anunoby and Patrick McCaw, while both Danny Green and Kyle Lowry are battling nagging injuries. Even Kawhi Leonard has sat out alternating games at times to manage his knee. When the Raptors face the Nets, expect them to go deep into their lineup.

Luckily for the Raptors, they now have the services of three players who spent regular time with their G-League affiliate this season. Athletic point guard Jordan Loyd, 3-and-D gunner Malcolm Miller, and simultaneous 2019 G-League MVP & Defensive Player of the Year Chris Boucher all offer different looks for the Raptors. Seeing as the Raptors have secured at least second in the East, don't be surprised to see these minor league stars play a role.

The Odds Are Against the Nets

The Brooklyn Nets sit in a dangerous position in the Eastern Conference. With a record of 39-39, they are being hounded by the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic who are within 0.5 and 1 game of them in the standings. The wrong run for the Nets would be devastating.

The Brooklyn Nets take on a Toronto Raptors team that are one of only two teams who are top ten in both offensive and defensive rating in the league - the other being the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks. Unfortunately, the road doesn't get easier as they follow this game with a two-game road trip against the Bucks and Pacers, before finishing the season in a crucial match against the Heat.

Should the Nets lose even two of their last four games there is a good chance that they will miss the playoffs. It'd be a waste of a brilliant effort all season for the Nets, but the odds are stacked against them. They have struggled to score the ball and their defense is only average. If they can't step up their game, it'll be a long off-season for the Nets.

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

F OG Anunoby - 1 Apr 2019 - Day To Day (Head) - Anunoby has been ruled OUT for Monday's (April 1) game.

G-F Patrick McCaw - 1 Apr 2019 - Day To Day (Thumb) - McCaw has been ruled OUT for Monday's (April 1) game.

G Danny Green - 2 Apr 2019 - Probable (Thumb) - Green suffered a jammed thumb in Monday's win over the Orlando Magic. He is expected to play against the Nets.

Brooklyn Nets Roster Notes

G-F Allen Crabbe - 1 Apr 2019 - Day To Day (Knee) - Crabbe has been ruled OUT for Monday's (April 1) game.

Head-to-Head: Kyle Lowry (TOR) vs D'Angelo Russell (BKN)

Two All-Star point guards face off when the Toronto Raptors take on the Brooklyn Nets. Lowry is the undoubted leader of the Raptors whose injury history is a cause for concern for the Raptors going into this match. He won't get a break as D'Angelo Russell looks to take advantage and keep his Nets in the playoff hunt.

Kyle Lowry

Point Guard | 6-1, 196lb (185cm, 88kg) | Villanova | Exp. 12 Years

14.4 PPG | 8.8 APG | 4.7 RPG | 1.4 SPG | 0.5 BPG | 2.9 TOV | .416 FG% | .353 3P%

Lowry has looked reserved in recent games as he continues to battle against injuries to both ankles and nagging back issues. The Raptors have kept him below 30 minutes in his last seven matches, so expect the same on this night. Despite that, his contributions in smaller periods of play are still crucial to the Raptors' success.

D'Angelo Russell

Point Guard | 6-5, 198lb (196cm, 89kg) | Ohio State | Exp. 3 Years

21.0 PPG | 7.0 APG | 3.8 RPG | 1.2 SPG | 0.2 BPG | 3.2 TOV | .431 FG% | .360 3P%

D'Angelo Russell has been a volume shooter in recent games, as he hopes to keep his Brooklyn Nets competitive in the Eastern Conference. While he has provided back-to-back brilliant nights for the Nets, his shooting numbers have been less than impressive. He's attempted more than 24 field goals in each of his last two games which the Nets split. He can't afford such inefficiencies against a tough Raptors defense, so look for Russell to be intent on getting himself and his teammates more open shots.

Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets Predictions and Odds

The odds makers have the Toronto Raptors favoured over the Brooklyn Nets by 2, with the Toronto Raptors at a -112 and the Brooklyn Nets at a -109.

The Moneyline is as follows:

Toronto Raptors: -127

Brooklyn Nets: -107

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