Nets vs. Raptors, 7:30 P.M.: TBG Open Thread

Brook Lopez

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Tonight: The 14-23 Toronto Raptors travel to Brooklyn to take on the 22-15 Brooklyn Nets, at 7:30 P.M. at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Raptors are 10-4 in their last 14 games after starting the season 4-19, while the Nets have gone 8-1 since replacing coach Avery Johnson with interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo. (Incidentally, Carlesimo worked as an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season with the Raptors).

More info on tonight’s game after the jump:

Watch & Listen: Tonight’s game is broadcast on YES Network. Ian Eagle & Jim Spanarkel are on the call. The game is simulcast on radio on WFAN.

Injuries: Gerald Wallace will sit out his second straight game after bruising his ribs Friday night on a collision with P.J. Tucker. Andray Blatche will play after being listed as a game-time decision (illness).

The Raptors have been without their normal starting frontcourt, as former No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani (elbow) and rookie Jonas Valanciunas (finger) are both out. Linas Kleiza (knee) is not technically inactive, but he has missed the Raptors’ last seven games. It’s unclear if he will play tonight.

Projected Starters:
Toronto Raptors: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Ed Davis, Aaron Gray* (*-starting in place of Amir Johnson)
Brooklyn Nets: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Keith Bogans, Reggie Evans, Brook Lopez

Advanced Statistics
Toronto Raptors: 103.0 offensive rating (12th), 104.2 defensive rating (23rd), 92.54 possessions per game (25th)
Brooklyn Nets: 104.5 offensive rating (9th), 103.1 defensive rating (17th), 90.41 possessions per game (29th)

Go Nets!