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National Basketball Association
Preview
Toronto at Brooklyn
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, January 30, 2015
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

The Toronto Raptors look for their fifth consecutive win when they hit the road to face the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. The Raptors have opened up a 12 1/2-game lead at the top of the Atlantic Division and hope to pull away even further by beating the second-place Nets for the fourth time in their last five regular-season meetings. Toronto has built its commanding advantage by winning all eight of its games against teams within the division thus far and aims to improve to 22-8 against Eastern Conference foes.

Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins is on the hot seat as the Nets have faded out of the playoff picture by losing 11 of their last 13 games. Brooklyn has lost its last three by double digits, including a 123-84 setback to the Los Angeles Clippers and a 108-73 defeat to the Utah Jazz to become only the fifth team in NBA history to drop back-to-back games by 35 points or more. To make matters worse the Nets have lost six in a row at the Barclays Center and are 4-17 against teams with a current winning record.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, TSN (Toronto), YES (Brooklyn)

ABOUT THE RAPTORS (31-15): Lou Williams went 9-of-9 from the foul line en route to a game-high 27 points in Wednesday's 119-102 win over the Sacramento Kings as Toronto's bench scored 55 points. "We don't care who gets the credit at the end of the night," Williams told reporters. "One night it's going to be me having a great night and obviously we have two all-stars who we expect to have great nights a lot." Greivis Vasquez added four 3-pointers to finish with 18 points as the Raptors buried a season-high 17 triples.

ABOUT THE NETS (18-27): Joe Johnson scored a team-high 26 points and Jarrett Jack added 14 to go along with a career-high 13 assists in the 113-102 loss to the red-hot Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. "Joe's tendonitis was able to cool down a little bit," Hollins told reporters. "Jarrett was able to sit for a couple of days so they came out with a lot more pep." Brooklyn's medical staff expects Mirza Teletovic to make a full recovery after blood clots were discovered in the forward's lungs last week, which ruled him out for the rest of the season.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Raptors are 22-4 against teams below .500.

2. The Nets haven't won at home since Dec. 29, 2014.

3. Toronto has knocked down 26 3-pointers in its last two games.

PREDICTION: Raptors 104, Nets 99
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Toronto 31-15 W4 18-7 13-8 2-1 29-14 8-0 21-8
Brooklyn 18-27 L3 8-14 10-13 3-1 15-26 5-4 12-17
Last Meeting
Toronto Brooklyn
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/17/14 BK 89 TOR 105 105 42 51.2 89 43 43.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Toronto K. Lowry 20 53.8 4
Brooklyn M. Plumlee 23 69.2 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Toronto J. Valanciunas 10 3 7
Brooklyn J. Johnson 8 1 7
Assists Player  
Toronto K. Lowry 12
Brooklyn D. Williams 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Toronto K. Lowry 972 43.5 201
Brooklyn J. Johnson 702 42.8 90
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Toronto J. Valanciunas 413 124 289
Brooklyn M. Plumlee 343 118 225
Assists Player  
Toronto K. Lowry 369
Brooklyn J. Jack 229
Quickchart Matchup
Toronto Off vs  Brooklyn Defense
106.0 Points For
99.0 Points Against
45.8 FG%
45.1 FG%
42.0 Reb
44.0 Reb
Brooklyn Off vs  Toronto Defense
95.1 Points For
100.6 Points Against
44.4 FG%
46.0 FG%
44.0 Reb
42.0 Reb