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The Raptors released their 2013-14 schedule on Tuesday evening, beginning with a home date against the Celtics on October 30 and concluding with a matchup against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on April 16.

With that, here’s a look at some of the more notable games on Toronto’s schedule…

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In their best defensive effort of the season (perhaps the victory in Indiana was better), the Toronto Raptors put the clamps on the Dallas Mavericks for a 95-74 victory. A day after Andrea Bargnani said the Raptors were “the worst team in the NBA,” Toronto came out looking like an inspired group. Perhaps that was a result of Bargnani’s comments, or perhaps it was a result of Bargnani’s absence from the lineup…

Here are some thoughts on the game:

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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.

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What a frustrating ball game to have watched if you’re a Raptors fan. A piss poor effort out of the gates basically handed the Mavericks a double digit lead, and though the effort level definitely picked up as the game went along, the Raptors were stuck between a deficit of nine to 13 points for the majority of the second half, prompting Jack Armstrong to utter the phrase of the night: “either make it exciting or put me out of my misery.”

Here are some thoughts on the incredibly frustrating game:

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Start time: 8:30 PM ET
Channel: TSN
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
Dallas: Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo, Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Chris Kaman

Injury report

Toronto: Kyle Lowry suffered a right ankle sprain last night and will sit out tonight’s game.

Dallas: Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion are out tonight, Roddy Beaubois is questionable. UPDATE: Elton Brand is also out because his wife is giving birth. (Hat tip: @mikeclothier)

Random thoughts

  • At 3-1 with wins over the Lakers, Bobcats and Blazers, the Mavericks are the surprise team of the NBA so far. Most shockingly, they have the third-best offense (114.2 points scored per 100 possessions) even though Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t been in the lineup.
  • The Mavericks are first in the league in three-point shooting percentage (.512) and second in three-pointers made (42).
  • O.J. Mayo has been the Mavs’ surprise star after four games, averaging 21.5 points per game with an incredible .695 True Shooting Percentage. He’s been a long-range menace, making 18 of his 27 three-point attempts.
  • In place of Kyle Lowry, Jose Calderon will make his 294th career start in a Raptors uniform. He’s eighth all-time in games started for this franchise, behind Chris Bosh (497), Vince Carter (401), Morris Peterson (363), Alvin Williams (324), Antonio Davis (307), Doug Christie (299) and Andrea Bargnani (295).
  • The Raptors’ last win over the Mavericks was an 84-76 victory in Dallas on December 28, 2010. Only eight Raptors saw the floor that game: Jerryd Bayless, DeMar DeRozan, Linas Kleiza, Joey Dorsey, Amir Johnson, Ed Davis, Leandro Barbosa and Julian Wright.