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TORONTO - In a match-up between first and worst, the unexpected Atlantic Division-leading Raptors (6-7) host the disappointing Brooklyn Nets (3-10) at the Air Canada Centre tonight. Chris Godwin Buccaneers Jersey . Watch the action live on TSN and listen on TSN 1050 Radio beginning at 7pm et/4pm pt. The Raptors maintained their spot atop the Atlantic Friday after defeating the Wizards, 96-88, for their second win in a row. Meanwhile, the Nets have been the NBAs biggest early-season surprise, coming into Tuesdays contest losers of five straight. After trading for future hall of famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the summer, the Nets - who are due to spend $190 million this season on salaries and luxury tax, an NBA-record payroll - were the obvious favourites in the division. Instead, theyve struggled out of the gate and are just 1-7, allowing 104.8 points per game on the road prior to visiting Toronto. "Believe me, Brooklyns going to be okay," head coach Dwane Casey insisted. "Theyre going to bounce back. Theyre playing with injuries right now." "I just hope and pray they dont get it together [against us]." Whats the importance of being an early-season division leader? TSN 1050s Josh Lewenberg and Duane Watson weigh in and preview Tuesdays meeting with the Nets on this weeks Raptors Report podcast. Deron Williams and Brook Lopez have been ruled out for Brooklyn, as both remain out with left ankle sprains. Williams has sat out four of the last five games while Lopez will miss his sixth straight. With the Nets all-stars sidelined, their new additions have struggled to pick up the slack. Pierce is scoring 13.0 points per contest on 38 per cent shooting and Garnett is averaging 6.5 points, connecting on 35 per cent of his field goal attempts, all career lows. "Theyve just started slow," said Rudy Gay, who has been battling a bout of the flu thats been going around the Raptors locker room. "I know theyll pick it up, we just have to take care of them before they do." Torontos offence continues to evolve after getting off to rough start. The Raptors averaged 92.3 points in their first six games of the season but have scored 102.3 per contest since. They have recorded 20 or more assists in back-to-back games after accomplishing that feat just once in their first 11. "Were playing harder than our opponents," Gay said. "And no matter what shots go in, what plays work or not, not matter what they do, we play hard." Trends and Tidbits The Nets were victorious in three of four meetings with the Raptors last season but have lost six of their past eight visits to Toronto. Toronto has won consecutive games during the month of November for the first time since 2010, when they team had a four-game winning streak. Combined, the Atlantic Division has a record of 24-46. What to Watch For Control the pace For the most part the Nets have been at the mercy of their opposition. Last in the league in defensive efficiency and fast-break scoring, Brooklyn has been unable to impose their will on either end of the floor. They have been especially ineffective without their starting centre. The Nets have allowed over 113 points per 100 possessions in the five games Lopez has missed, according to NBA.com, and have allowed just 98.7 in the 244 minutes he has played. Who comes to play in the third? The Nets and the Raptors are two of the NBAs three worst third-quarter teams, in terms of point differential. Brooklyn has been outscored by a league-most 67 points in the third frame so far this season, while the Raptors - who have been a net positive in each of the other three quarters - are a minus-44 after the halftime break. "Weve got to meditate," DeMar DeRozan joked, searching for answers to solve his teams third-quarter dilemma. "Whatever weve got to do at halftime, weve got to do it. Weve got to understand thats a critical point of the game." Toronto has turned the ball over 59 times in the third and are allowing opponents to shoot 52 per cent. The Raptors were outscored 32-15 in the period before going on a fourth-quarter run during Fridays win, however the Nets were bested 34-15 after the break, which sealed their fate in Sundays 109-97 loss to Detroit. Who to Watch For DeMar DeRozan Quietly, DeRozan has bounced back after a slow start to the season and is playing some of the best basketball of his career. After shooting 6-of-25 in a double overtime loss to Houston, the Raptors guard is averaging 26.8 points, shooting 51 per cent from the field and 9-of-19 from three-point range in five games, three of which his team has won. DeRozan tweaked an ankle twice in Fridays win over Washington but has been practicing in full and insists it wont be a problem for him going forward. Joe Johnson With Williams and Lopez sidelined and Pierce and Garnett struggling, Johnson has become the focal point of Brooklyns offence. The Nets guard is coming off his best game of the season, scoring 34 points in Sundays loss. Johnsons three-point shooting has been one of the lone bright spots for Brooklyn early in the year. He was 8-for-10 against Detroit and is now shooting 46 per cent from long distance on the season. Injury Report Gay, Amir Johnson and Tyler Hansbrough all participated in shoot around despite battling bouts of the flu. Theyre all expected to play Tuesday. Williams and Lopez have been ruled out for the Nets, still nursing sprained ankles. Jason Terry (knee) and Andrei Kirilenko (back) havent been practicing and are unlikely to be available against the Raptors. Kendell Beckwith Womens Jersey . It was the most lopsided loss in Lakers history. Darren Collison had a team-high 24 points while starting at shooting guard for the injured Jamal Crawford. 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Sky Sports exclusively asked Stephen Wonderboy Thompson, who is due to face the winner... How can Robbie Lawler win?Wonderboy said: He needs to use his distance, use his jab. If he can last the first round when Tyron is most dangerous, if he can stop that flurry, he has a chance to win. He needs to keep Tyron on his toes, backing up, because Tyron has a very difficult time backing up on his heels. If Robbie can keep that aggression, I think he can finish Tyron Woodley. Robbie Lawler (left) must avoid a dangerous first five minutes, says Thompson Robbie has been in a few five-round wars in his past few fights so Im interested to see how durable he is.We all know hes tough and he can take some shots. But Im interested to see what type of movement Robbie is going to put on Tyron. If hes going to be the aggressor, he really needs to watch out for Tyrons explosive movement coming straight in. Is he going to use movement or is he going to be the aggressor that weve always seen? Wonderboy on Lawler How can Tyron Woodley win?Wonderboy said: He needs to use his explosive ability to land that one, big punch to change Robbies mind-set. Tyron Woodley can KO anybody with one shot, says Thompson If Tyron hits you with that shot, its definitely going to make Robbie a little bit wary of coming in. That will make time for Tyron to use his wrestling, either by getting Robbie up against the cage or in a clinch position to tire Robbie out.If Tyron can tire him out, it will make it easier to shoot for the legs aand put Robbie on his back. Justin Evans Jersey. . If he can get Robbie on his back, he can win that fight. Tyron has got that one-hitter-quitter power. You get hit once with that shot, youre going down. Wonderboy on Woodley Wonderboys prediction: I do think Robbie is the superior fighter. Hes the guy thats been on a tear. Im hoping Robbie is going to win - he is going to win. Its been too long that Tyron hasnt stepped in the Octagon to fight, and cage rust is a real phenomenon. Thompson expects Lawler to remain welterweight champion So how would you defeat Lawler?Wonderboy said: I see him using his jab, using the mean left hand that he broke Rory MacDonalds nose with.He does have some kicks - he mostly uses a backwards roundhouse kick but he breaks people with his willpower. He takes a lot of shots and keeps on coming, breaking peoples wills and momentum. Stephen Wonderboy Thompson. Credit: Instagram @wonderboymma As you saw when he fought Rory MacDonald who hit with a bunch of shots - the next thing you know, here comes Robbie back at him, and you see the life die in Rorys eyes. Hes done that to all of his fighters.I like it when fighters are like Robbie because I move differently to everybody else. Hes going to have a harder time hitting me. I use my kicks more than the last few guys that hes fought. My side-kick will help keep Robbie at bay. 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