Start time: 9:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray
Denver: Andre Miller, Arron Afflalo Danilo Gallinari, Nene, Kosta Koufos
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani is expected to be out until at least early February.
Denver: Arron Afflalo and Rudy Fernandez are probable, Ty Lawson and DeMarre Carroll are doubtful.
The Nuggets will be aiming for their sixth straight win while the Raptors will try to win their third straight, but only one of these teams will have their Italian scoring machine in the lineup tonight. Hint: It’s not Toronto.
After breaking a 14-game losing streak against the Suns on Tuesday and a 12-game losing streak against the Jazz on Wednesday, the Raptors will attempt to break an eight-game losing streak against the Nuggets. Since the Raptors are 0-6 this season when Bargnani isn’t in the lineup, I don’t like their chances.
Expect the Raptors’ new, hardier defense to be put to its toughest test yet tonight — the Nuggets have both the league’s fastest pace and the most efficient offense, and they’ve scored over 110 points in eight of their 18 games. Meanwhile, the Raptors haven’t allowed more than 106 points in any of their 19 games. If Ty Lawson misses tonight’s game as expected, the Raptors should be able to keep the Nuggets’ offense from running them completely ragged. That doesn’t mean that Raptors have a good chance of winning this game, mind you — they’re 12.5-point underdogs.
- I tweeted about this earlier, but somebody asked me about my all-time favorite athlete today. To my surprise, I decided it’s Anderson Silva. I’m afraid to ask Raptors fans who their favorite athlete because I don’t want to be deluged with “Vince Carter” answers.
- I don’t care how many times Kevin Garnett said “bar fight” in this “interview” with Craig Sager, I’ll bet he’s never actually been in one.
- Have you ever seen an advertisement for Jagermeister? Dave Attell hasn’t seen one, but he has some suggestions.