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Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors Live Game Thread: The big 4-0?

NBA: Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (39-39) vs. Toronto Raptors (55-23)

WHAT: Could we be looking at a possible playoff preview? Well, before we get there, the Nets need to get there. Tonight to take on the Raptors as they look to keep pushing toward the playoffs and win their 40th game of the season.

WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST

HOW: YES, TSN; NBA League Pass

THE STORY: Game Preview

Kawhi Leonard is obviously scary, averaging 27.3 points per game against the Nets this season. But do you know who else is scary? D’Angelo Russell, who’s averaging 27 points against the Raptors this season to go along with 9.3 assists. Toronto is 2-1 against Brooklyn, with that one loss being the one that sparked the Nets seven-game winning streak back in December. It’s kind of fun having a star player who is expected to lead the team night in and night out, and for the most part delivers. We haven’t had that in quite some time. I like it. Kawhi though, is still terrifying, and is obviously a level or two ahead of DLo still in the echelon of current NBA All Stars. He’s the kind of player that just changes the chemistry of a basketball game with all he’s able to do on the court, and while “shutting him down” isn’t really an option, I’m sure Kenny will try his best to throw DeMarre Carroll and Rodions Kurucs his way to try and slow him down.

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Besides the Nets overtime win back in December, the most recent matchup between these two was a bonafide shootout — one of the best games of the season — where Marc Gasol had a great fourth quarter to push Toronto to a two-point win, 127-125.

So, expect more fireworks at the Barclays Center tonight, as the Raptors try to round into form and the Nets try to earn their way into the show.