Storylines, Where to Watch, Injuries, & Betting Info For Raptors vs. Nets – CalBearsMaven

The Toronto Raptors will get Pascal Siakam back as they host the Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant for the first time since his 2019 Achilles injury

Kevin Durant, James Harden, and the Kyrie Irving-less Brooklyn Net (6-3) are coming to town for a Sunday afternoon bout with the Toronto Raptors (6-4) at 3:30 p.m. ET.

What to Watch For

  • It’ll be Durant’s first time in Toronto since Raptors fans infamously cheered as he lay on the court clenching his Achilles in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. He said he’s looking forward to being in Toronto, but that doesn’t mean he won’t have revenge on his mind and flex his scoring might against the Raptors.
  • Harden hasn’t quite looked himself this year and a lot of that is due to the league’s rule changes limiting so-called “non-basketball moves,” basically whenever players lean in to draw a foul. His three-throw attempts per game have fallen to just 4.7 per game and he’s averaging just 17.7 points per game. He’s still lethal, but until he adapts to the new game he’s not quite as scary as he once was just a few years ago.
  • Sunday should be a good litmus test for Toronto who has looked very good but not great to start the season. The Nets are one of the league’s best teams and it’ll be tough for the Raptors to keep up offensively. If they can slow Durant and Harden, no easy task, they should have a chance.

Where to Watch

Sportsnet 1 will broadcast the game on TV and TSN 1050 will call the game on the radio.

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Injury Report

The Raptors have listed Pascal Siakam as probable, though he’s ready to go, Nurse said. Yuta Watanabe will remain sidelined.

The Nets will be without center Nic Claxton and, of course, Irving who is yet to get vaccinated.

Betting Odds

Betting lines have yet to be announced.

Further Reading

Raptors clear Pascal Siakam to return for Sunday

Raptors winning streak snapped in battle of NBA’s top rookies

New contracts have allowed Khem Birch & Gary Trent Jr. to thrive this season