Kawhi Leonard attempts to run his career-best streak of 20-point games to 18 when the Toronto Raptors host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. Leonard is averaging 30.2 points during the stretch and is closing in on the franchise record 23-game streak Vince Carter recorded in 2001.
The Raptors are looking for their seventh straight home victory against the Nets and they bring a three-game winning streak into the contest after recording a 104-101 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. Leonard scored 31 points in the contest to improve Toronto's home mark to 17-14 as the club battles the Milwaukee Bucks for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn also defeated the Hawks in its last game, producing a 116-100 home win that leaves the streaking Nets with four wins in five games and 13 in their past 17. Guard D'Angelo Russell scored 23 points and has topped 20 in five of his last six appearances and is averaging 22.3 during the stretch.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, YES (Brooklyn), Sportsnet One (Toronto) LINE: Raptors -9.5
ABOUT THE NETS (21-22): Brooklyn trailed by 15 points after the opening quarter against the Hawks before outscoring Atlanta by 31 points over the final three quarter to easily win the contest. "Guys just vocalized that we needed to pick up the energy, just compete harder," Nets forward Joe Harris told reporters. "That's all it really boiled down to. It had nothing to do with Xs and Os, making shots, anything like that. It was just competing harder and we did a better job to help us in the defensive end in the second quarter." Backup power forward Ed Davis collected a season-best 16 rebounds off the bench for his 17th double-digit effort on the boards this season.
ABOUT THE RAPTORS (31-12): Toronto matched a franchise-record with 18 steals against the Hawks with Leonard (six) and point guard Kyle Lowry (four) each recording a season high in the category. Lowry scored 16 points in the contest, which marked the first time since Dec. 9 that he and Leonard played in the same contest. Lowry has played in back-to-back games after missing 10 of the previous 11 games due to back and hip injuries and Leonard was held out for rest when Lowry returned against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.
1. The Nets halted a 12-game losing streak against the Raptors by recording a 106-105 overtime home victory on Dec. 7.
2. Toronto is on the verge of signing G Patrick McCaw and it is unknown if he will be available against the Nets.
3. Brooklyn SF Jared Dudley (hamstring) is doubtful after being injured against the Hawks.
PREDICTION: Raptors 116, Nets 107 Bet Now
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