If the Nets win it would sweep the season series with the Raptors for the first time since the ’02-’03 season, and be the first four-game winning streak against Toronto since that same time frame. A victory would also make them 12-4 in the Atlantic Division opponents this season, while also giving the guys a 30-4 record against opponents with a record below .500 at the time played.
With their 117-109 victory on 4/12, the Nets clinched the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Brooklyn now trails Indiana by two games, with three remaining for the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Feeling Comfy on the Road:
Brooklyn has been able to set a franchise record with 23 road victories thus far this season, which passes the franchise mark of 20 wins set in the ’05-’06 season. With the 23 road victories, the Nets have assured themselves of a winning road record for the first time since joining the NBA in 1976.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson have each hit 140 plus three-pointers this season, which is the first time in franchise history a Nets duo has hit that mark. Brooklyn is one of five teams this season to have a pair of teammates that have reached that plateau.
More on Deron:
In the calendar month (16 games beginning on 3/11 at Philly, Deron Williams has averaged 23.2 points, 8.9 assists and 1.1 steals while shooting 48.3% from the field. Williams has scored 20 plus points in over two-thirds (11) of those games and has two sets of back-to-back 30-point performances as well.
Williams is one game started from 550 career starts and 24 offensive rebounds from 300.
The Nets and Raptors game is set to air on the YES Network, with tip-off slated for 3:30 p.m.