The Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors have a rivalry brewing that no one really knows about unless you follow both teams. The Atlantic Division is quite possibly the worst in the NBA, but the Nets and Raptors are fighting hard to make a name for themselves and their division.
The Raptors are leading the division by four games over the Nets and have a 2-1 head-to-head advantage over them this season. In order for the Nets to gain some ground, they will have to earn a victory against Toronto tonight. Another loss will drop them five games back with less than 20 to go, and that might be too much of a hole for the Nets to dig themselves out of.
The Raptors have been playing great basketball this season with their young roster while the Nets have struggled out of the gate with their experienced group. Many thought the Raptors would fall off a bit once their schedule kicked into high gear, but the team has continued to show promise and growth as the season has worn on. DeMar DeRozan is an official All-Star and has put the team on his back with hopes of taking them to the playoffs for the first time in years.
The Nets have gelled nicely since the beginning of January and have managed to beat a few high-profile teams during their run, but the Raptors remain the one team that has given them problems over the last two months. If the Nets want to really be taken seriously, they must find a way to win their division. However, in order to do so, they have to take care of their Atlantic Division rivals first.