The Eastern Conference is full of teams battling for a championship this NBA season, and both the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets are teams with those high playoff ambitions.
The Raptors and Nets meet Friday night in Brooklyn for the first time of the 2022-23 regular season, a game that could have significant meaning towards the end of the season depending on both teams’ ranks in the Eastern Conference.
After a thrilling season-opening win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Raptors got almost all of their offensive power solely from their starters, with 90 of their 108 total points coming from their starting fives Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam.
On the other hand, the Nets really struggled in their season opener Wednesday night when they gave up 130 points to the New Orleans Pelicans. Kevin Durant’s 32 points were the only bright spot for the Nets in the game as they still have work to do in the first month of the season.
However, health is a factor for them at the moment as Joe Harris, Seth Curry and TJ Warren all missed the team’s first game of the year through injury. Curry and Warren stay out, but Harris will make his season debut against Toronto.
The 2022-23 NBA season has begun and here’s how to watch Friday’s game with game times and TV, lineups, bios and other important details.
How to Watch Raptors vs. Nets
- WHO: Toronto Raptors (1-0) vs. Brooklyn Nets (0-1)
- IF: 7:30 p.m. ET, Friday, October 21, 2022
- WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
- TV: NBA League Pass
- Stream: Fubo.tv CLICK HERE
Key stats and facts for Raptors vs. Nets
- The Toronto Raptors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-105 in their season opener Wednesday night.
- The Brooklyn Nets lost 130-108 to the New Orleans Pelicans in their season opener Wednesday night.
- 90 of the Raptors’ 108 total points in their first game of the season came from their starting five.
- Kevin Durant scored a team-high 32 points for the Nets in their first game of the season.
- Brooklyn and Toronto split their four regular-season meetings a year ago, with both teams claiming wins on their home court and on the road.
March 1, 2022 – Raptors 109, Nets 108
In Toronto, the Raptors eluded the Nets with a 109-108 win thanks to Gary Trent Jr.’s 24-point game. Also involved offensively were Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam, each scoring 18 points for Toronto. Brooklyn was missing both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, resulting in James Johnson, now a member of the Indiana Pacers, being the team’s top scorer with 19 points. The Nets shot 50.0 percent from the floor in that game while the Raptors shot 45.6 percent.
Latest injury reports:
Birds of prey: Otto Porter Jr. (hamstring) – AUS, Chris Boucher (hamstring) – QUESTIONABLE, Khem Birch (knee) – QUESTIONABLE
Nets: Seth Curry (ankle) – AUS, TJ Warren (foot) – AUS, Joe Harris (foot) – AVAILABLE
PROJECTED RAPTORS STARTERS:
- GFred VanVleet6-foot-1 guard: 15.0 points, 5.0 assists
- G. Gary Trent Jr.6-5 guard: 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds
- F OG Anunoby6-7 forward: 18.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists
- F Scottie Barnes6-9 forward: 15.0 points, 7.0 assists
- F/C Pascal Siakam6-9 Forward/Center: 23.0 points, 11.0 rebounds
PROJECTED NETWORK STARTERS:
- G/F Ben Simmons, 6-10 guard/forward: 14.3 points. 4.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists
- G.Kyrie Irving6-2 guard: 15.0 points, 5.0 assists
- F. Royce O’Neale6-4 forward: 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists
- F Kevin Durant6-10 forward: 32.0 points, 3.0 rebounds
- C Nicolas Claxton6-11 middle: 13.0 points, 10.0 rebounds
- According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Nets are currently 3-point favorites over the Raptors as of Tuesday afternoon.
- The over/under for this matchup is currently set at 227 total points.
What to look out for:
- Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are one of the better scoring duos in the entire NBA, averaging 57.3 points per game a season ago.
- The Raptors have been one of the weaker bank-scoring teams in the league in recent years, averaging just 25.7 bank points per game a season ago, most recently in the NBA.
- The Raptors are 60-44 all-time against the Nets.
- Brooklyn averaged 112.9 points per game offensively last season, while Toronto only allowed their opponents an average of 107.1 points per game last season.
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