Start time: 7:30 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Ben Uzoh, DeMar DeRozan, Alan Anderson, Andrea Bargnani, Aaron Gray
Cleveland: Donald Sloan, Anthony Parker, Alonzo Gee, Antawn Jamison, Tristan Thompson
Toronto: Jose Calderon and Gary Forbes will both sit this out. Jerryd Bayless is out for the season.
Cleveland: Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao and Daniel Gibson are all expected to miss this game.
The Raptors’ current three-game win streak is their longest of the season. If they win tonight — and they probably will beat a short-handed (seriously tanking) Cavs squad — this will be their first four-game win streak since November 2010. As we all know, these wins don’t mean anything in terms of a potential playoff spot, but the Raptors’ draft lottery odds keep getting worse with every win.
Golden State currently has a tw0-game advantage over Toronto in the standings, while Detroit is a game-and-a-half ahead. If the Raptors manage to pass both those teams over their final 11 games, that will probably mean they’ll draft around ninth overall — you know, the spot where they took DeMar DeRozan in 2009.
If all these Raptors wins are starting to bum you out, here’s a classic Mr. Show sketch that should turn that frown upside down.