The Raptors are the only team to put a blemish on the Nets’ impeccable record since the beginning of 2104. The Raptors caught the Nets after a difficult and emotional double-overtime game against the Miami Heat and ran circles around them. Coincidentally, the Nets are coming off another emotional victory against the Boston Celtics and the Raptors are hoping for similar results.
With a record of 20-22, the Nets are only a game and half out of first place in the Atlantic Division and currently sit in seventh in the Eastern Conference. This is a must-win for the team if they have any plans on taking the divisional lead from the Raptors.
The Raptors have been an up and down team as well and have not been able to put any distance between them and the rest of the division. DeMar DeRozan is having a breakout year and now has a running mate in the high-scoring Terrence Ross. Ross dropped 51 points on the Los Angeles Clippers and hopes to have an encore performance against the Nets.
With tired legs and a little bit of an emotional layover from the Boston game, the Nets will have to rely on their reserves for this game. Andray Blatche, Andrei Kirilenko and Deron Williams will have to be on their A games to match the speed and shooting of the well-rested Raptors.
A back-to-back is never good, but playing a rested team just adds salt to wound. However, this game is about revenge, and the Nets can taste the defeat from their last loss and the smell of the division lead.