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Preview: Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets – April 21st, 2021

Photo Credit: The Canadian Press

The Toronto Raptors will look to win their fourth game in a row when they face the Brooklyn Nets at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Wednesday night.

Brooklyn is currently second in the Eastern Conference standings with a 39-19 record. They boast the league’s second-best offence, scoring 118.8 points-per-game. They struggle on the defensive end, allowing 114.2 points-per-game, making them 20th in defence in the NBA.

The Nets are led by the superstar trio of Kevin Durant (27.3 PPG), Kyrie Irving (27.3 PPG) and James Harden (25.4 PPG), and have serious title aspirations this season. Steve Nash’s squad lead the league in field-goal percentage, sinking 49.5 percent of their shots. They are third in the NBA in three-point percentage with 39.1 percent, with five players averaging over 40 percent from beyond the arc on the season.

With Toronto’s recent injuries to the backcourt, rookie Malachi Flynn has been given a chance to shine, averaging 31.8 minutes over the last five games. He’s averaging 13 points and 5.4 assists in that span, while shooting 39.4 percent from three. Chris Boucher will look to carry over momentum from Sunday, when he scored 31 points, grabbed 12 boards and sunk six shots from deep.

Toronto took the first meeting between the two teams, winning 123-117 on February 5th in Brooklyn.

James Harden is expected to miss the game with a hamstring injury, while Kevin Durant is considered day-to-day with a thigh contusion.

Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby all missed Sunday’s win against the Thunder, and are questionable for Wednesday night. Paul Watson, Rodney Hood and Jalen Harris are ruled out.

Catch tip-off against the star-ladden Nets on Wednesday night at 7PM EST on TSN.

All stats listed as of Tuesday afternoon.

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