Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: TSN2
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Linas Kleiza, Andrea Bargnani, Aaron Gray
Denver: Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo, Wilson Chandler, Kennth Faried, JaVale McGee

Injury report

Toronto: DeMar DeRozan is expected to return tonight, but James Johnson is out with a respiratory infection and Jerryd Bayless is out for the season.

Denver: Danilo Gallinari, Rudy Fernandez and Kosta Koufos are out.

With just a half-game advantage over Houston for the eighth seed in the Western Conference, the Nuggets need to win games like this one to maintain their hold on a playoff spot. Coming off a dominant win over the Bulls on Monday in which the Nuggets’ starting backcourt of Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo combined for 49 points — as well as four straight games scoring over 100 points — Denver continues to feature one of the most potent offenses in the NBA.

The Raptors’ offense is on the other end of the potency spectrum, but the expected return of DeMar DeRozan to their lineup should provide a little boost. Having lost five of their last six games and with a five-year gap since their last win over the Nuggets on March 23, 2007, the Raptors have to be considered heavy underdogs in this matchup. Perhaps Gary Forbes will continue his recent hot streak with some significant playing team against his former team.

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I want Monta Ellis to be my handshake coach.

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