The Raptors look to end an eight-game road losing streak tonight when they take on the Jazz in Utah.
Start time: 9:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Mickael Pietrus, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
Utah: Mo Williams, Randy Foye, Marvin Williams, Paul Millsap, Enes Kanter
Toronto: Landry Fields and Alan Anderson remain sidelined
Utah: Al Jefferson and Derrick Favors are out. Mo Williams will play despite suffering from what the team is calling “gastric distress.”
- Missing Jefferson and Favors is a significant blow for the Jazz and a big break for the Raptors, who have been dominated in the paint recently. Having said that, don’t kid yourselves, the Raptors will still be in tough and I don’t expect a W tonight. Utah is 7-1 at home, while the Raps are an atrocious 1-11 on the road.
- As I wrote earlier today, Dwane Casey elected to go with the same starters tonight even though initial reports had him swapping in Amir Johnson for Jonas Valanciunas. With Jefferson and Favors out, Enes Kanter will probably get the start, and I really wonder how much that factored into the decision to keep Jonas in the starting five. Remember, Valanciunas and Kanter were both highly touted European big men in the 2011 Draft class, so it would be a more comfortable matchup than usual for JV.
- Keep an eye on Kyle Lowry tonight. Lowry appears to be approaching 100 per cent health again, if he hasn’t gotten there already, and if he can put together another strong performance, questions about his health should be put to rest.
- Jose Calderon is marking his 500th career NBA game tonight, making him just the third player ever to suit up in 500 games for the Raptors. After this one, Calderon will be just nine games short of Chris Bosh and 42 games short of Morris Peterson for the most games played in franchise history.
Today is gonna be my 500th game in the NBA. Wow! Never thought i could get there about 7 years ago. Good and no so good moments
— jose manuel calderon (@josemcalderon8) December 7, 2012