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Minnesota Timberwolves (18-20) at Toronto Raptors (19-18)

January 17th, 2014 at 1:34 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

The Toronto Raptors are back in action tonight as they play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Raptors are coming off an 88-83 loss against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday after winning three straight. The Timberwolves have lost three of their last four. This is the first of two meetings between the teams. The other game will be played on March 9 in Minnesota.

Here are some notes for tonight's game:

  • The Raptors have won five straight games at home. They are 9-8 at home this season, while the Timberwolves are 7-12 on the road.
  • Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is fourth in the NBA averaging 25.6 points per game. He is also second in the league averaging 13.0 rebounds per game.
  • The Raptors got dominated on the glass on Wednesday against the Celtics. Jared Sullinger grabbed 20 rebounds, with eight coming on the offensive end. The Raptors have to box out better tonight against the duo of Love and Nikola Pekovic or they could be in for another long night.
  • Raptors forward Amir Johnson is dealing with a sore ankle but is expected to play tonight. Tyler Hansbrough has missed the last seven games with a sprained left ankle and will be a game-time decision.
  • The Timberwolves are second in the league averaging 107.1 points per game. Since December 25, the Raptors have allowed 88.45 points per game. The Raptors have done a nice job locking down on defense and will need to do that again tonight against a Timberwolves team that likes to push the ball.

Projected Starters

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas

Minnesota Timberwolves: Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic

Tonight's game starts at 7 pm. ET and can be seen on TSN.

Let's Go Raptors!

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