Nets host Raptors at the Meadowlands
(Sports Network) – The top two teams in the Atlantic Division square off
tonight as the New Jersey Nets host the Toronto Raptors at Continental
Toronto leads the division by a half game over the Nets and has won two
straight, including Sunday’s 116-111 triumph over the Washington Wizards at
the Air Canada Centre.
Chris Bosh had 24 points and 15 rebounds, while T.J. Ford had 20 points and
Anthony Parker chipped in 16 points, six rebounds and six assists for the
Raptors, who will open a three-game road trip on Tuesday. Toronto is just 5-14
as the visitor this season and will also visit Milwaukee and Boston.
The Nets, meanwhile, had a three-game winning streak come to an end with
Saturday’s 96-91 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.
Vince Carter and Mikki Moore both tallied 18 points for the Nets, who are 3-5
over their last eight games. Richard Jefferson netted 17 points and Bostjan
Nachbar had 12 in the setback.
New Jersey could get center Jason Collins back in the lineup against the
Raptors. Collins was out with a strained lower back and is listed as probable.
The 2006-07 season series between Toronto and New Jersey is tied at a game
apiece. The two squads will meet for the time in the regular season on
February 14 in Toronto.
The Raptors snapped a three-game losing streak to New Jersey with a win on
December 15 at the Air Canada Centre. New Jersey, though, has won five of
seven and eight of the last 12 matchups.
Toronto has dropped two in a row, four of six and 10 of its last 13 visits to
Continental Airlines Arena.