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
Channel: TSN

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

Injury report
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, Andrea Bargnani and Landry Fields are all out.
Dallas: Dirk Nowitzki is still out, while Jae Crowder is questionable.

Random Thoughts:

  • 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.

Comments (6)

  1. YES! Alan Anderson is back! FIFTH WIN OF THE SEASON HERE WE COME!

  2. I really like the defensive energy that they’re showing today.

    • You could attribute it to a lot of things, them playing tired/injured teams or them finally getting some home cooking in a long time but man, is it ever noticeable how much better the defense looks without Bargs?

      They look like a completely different team, one game where they busted ass and now a win tonight.

  3. Fun game to watch tonight…though the absence of any Dallas perimter D certainly helped Toronto’s cause.

    Nice game by Ross tonight.

  4. Has anyone else noticed that when Valanciunas runs a pick and roll, he rolls the wrong direction? He rolls away from the ball and takes his eye off the ball handler… Or is it just me and there’s nothing wrong with that? I thought you have to keep your eye on the ball and seal the original ball defender on your back.

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