The Raptors will look to end a six-game losing streak when they host Vince Carter and a Mavericks team that has been hanging tough without Dirk Nowitzki.
Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Mickael Pietrus, Ed Davis, Jonas Valanciunas
Dallas: Derek Fisher, O.J. Mayo, Shawn Marion, Dahntay Jones, Chris Kaman
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, Andrea Bargnani and Landry Fields are all out.
Dallas: Dirk Nowitzki is still out, while Jae Crowder is questionable.
- Does Vince Carter’s return to Toronto even mean anything anymore? Between the Raptors being irrelevant and Carter nearing the end of his career, I’m interested in seeing how the crowd reacts towards him tonight. Will it still be loud since Carter hasn’t set foot in the ACC in two seasons, or just apathetic? For what it’s worth, Vince is having a decent season off of the bench for Dallas, so he could very well have an impact on this game.
- Alan Anderson is expected to return to the lineup tonight after missing the last 17 games with a foot injury, Linas Kleiza is also expected back in the lineup.
- O.J. Mayo should be the best player on the floor tonight, as the 25-year-old shooting guard is enjoying a career year of nearly 21 points per game on 49 per cent shooting to go along with four rebounds and over three assist per game. If he keeps this up, I think it’s safe to say that Mayo will opt out of his $4.2 million player option for next season to get a much, much larger and longer contract.
- Ed Davis and Jonas Valanciunas worked well together on Wednesday night, and the Mavs don’t exactly have the most imposing frontcourt, so if they can stay out of foul trouble, the Raptors’ young duo should be able to enjoy some more success.