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Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

The Raptors are looking for back-to-back road wins for the first time in six weeks as they take on the playoff bound Bucks in Milwaukee.

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The matchup we're all waiting for.

The matchup we’re all waiting for.

The Raptors look to earn a measly 11th road win for the first time in three years as they begin a three-game road trip in Minnesota.

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Toronto Raptors v Detroit Pistons

Jose Calderon makes his return to Toronto tonight in a game that is otherwise a fart in the wind of the NBA schedule.

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Washington Wizards v Toronto Raptors

The Wizards have won 6 straight home games and they handed the Raptors a crushing defeat (90-84 in Toronto) the last time these two tangled…

Start time: 6:00 PM ET

Channel: Sportsnet One

Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas
Washington: John Wall, Garrett Temple, Martell Webster, Nene, Emeka Okafor

Injury report:
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani is out
Washington: Bradley Beal is out and Nene (knee) is a game-time decision

Random Thoughts:

-Raptors should have revenge on their minds, as the loss they suffered on February 19th at home to Washington was inexcusable for a team that still had playoff aspirations. Rudy Gay was 1-11 from the field in that game, while Kyle Lowry went 6-17. Toronto was giving up an average of 106.2 points during their recent 5-game losing streak but they appeared to find some defensive rhythm while holding Detroit to 82 points.

-Lowry will have his hands full with John Wall, who has been playing like a top-5 point guard in recent weeks. Over his last three home games, Wall is averaging 31 points per game (68.8% FG) and 9.3 assists per game.

-After their win against Detroit, Rudy Gay said “These young guys need to know what it feels like to win.” In Toronto’s last 5 games, Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 32.4 minutes (finally!), 14.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Terrence Ross is averaging 8.2 points, 2.8 rebounds on 43.6% shooting in 21 minutes.

How weird is this?

How weird is this?

The Raptors head to Detroit to take on Jose Calderon and the Pistons, one of the few teams in the NBA that has actually played worse than Toronto recently.

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