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The Toronto Raptors weren’t expected to perform well this campaign after losing Kawhi Leonard. Coach of the Year finalist Nick Nurse has proven everyone wrong yet again. Toronto Raptors notched their fifth consecutive 50+ win season and have locked in the no.2 seed.
On the other hand, Brooklyn Nets were expected to dominate the Eastern Conference thanks to their new additions, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The Brooklyn Nets have performed well in the bubble considering that they are missing most of their star players and are a potential wild card team in the NBA Playoffs.
Toronto Raptors are looking to collect the NBA championship for the second year in a row. They have been gifted a favorable matchup as Brooklyn Nets are significantly shorthanded entering this matchup. Additionally, players such as Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby have made huge jumps in production and are shooting at a very high level.
Toronto Raptors have also improved on the defensive end of the floor and are currently ranked as the no.2 defense in the league (104.7 defensive rating).
Toronto Raptors have effectively erased their history of choking in the playoffs and are likely to make a deep run in the NBA Playoffs 2020.
Fred VanVleet has had a great season thus far and has averaged 17.6 points a game to go along with 6.6 assists per game. He has shown incredible composure down the stretch and rarely gives up the ball. Fred VanVleet made the eventful journey from the G League to the NBA and has now cemented himself as a star player.
Fred VanVleet has been a crucial asset to the Toronto Raptors and was instrumental in their 2018-19 Playoff campaign. He will likely be matched up versus Chris Chiozza, who lacks playoff experience. Keep your eye out for Fred VanVleet to take over this matchup and put up big numbers. Toronto Raptors have a deadly combination of one of the best defenses and transition offenses in the league.
Brooklyn Nets need to press the Toronto Raptors early and not allow them to get into a rhythm. This matchup will definitely be an entertaining and physical one.