UNDATED (AP) — Two of the top teams in the NBA's Eastern Conference, who have a history of meeting in the playoffs, are squaring off tonight in Cleveland, as the NBA champion Cavaliers play host to the Raptors. This will be their second meeting of the young season as on Oct. 28 the Cavs beat the Raptors in Toronto 94-91. Toronto's DeMar DeRozan is enjoying a great start to the season as he leads the league in scoring at 34 points a game. He was named the conference player of the week on Monday after averaging 34.7 points while shooting 54 percent from the floor.
Cleveland's LeBron James had won the two previous awards.
The Hawks are right in the Eastern mix with the Cavs and Raptors as they are 7-2, just like Toronto. Cleveland starts play tonight 8-1. This evening the Hawks are in Miami facing the 2-7 Heat. Atlanta is playing some stingy defense as the Hawks lead the league in fewest points allowed in the fourth quarter, just 20.1. Newcomer Dwight Howard is off to a good start with 15.2 points and 12.4 rebounds a game.
Charlotte has won six of nine games this year and tonight is at Minnesota. The Timberwolves feature third-year swingman Andrew Wiggins who is coming off a career-best 47-point game Sunday against the Lakers. After starting the season 6-1 the Hornets have dropped two straight.
The remaining games tonight have the Bulls playing in Portland and the Lakers home to the Nets.