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Toronto Raptors (24-21) at Denver Nuggets (22-22)

January 31st, 2014 at 4:13 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

The Toronto Raptors start their five-game Western Conference road trip tonight as they get ready to take on the Denver Nuggets. The Raptors have won two in a row and four of their last five. The Nuggets are coming off a 101-98 loss against the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday after winning two straight. This is the second and final meeting between the teams. The Nuggets won the first meeting 112-98 on December 1 in Toronto.

Here are some notes from the game:

  • Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (ankle/foot) is questionable for tonight's game. He will be evaluated during the pre-game warm-up and a decision will be made then. Patrick Patterson (nose) and Amir Johnson (ankle) are also game-time decisions but their status is listed as probable. Both of them participated in the morning shootaround.
  • Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry has recorded back-to-back 30+ point games. Lowry, who was snubbed from this year's all-star team, helped carry the Raptors to two wins with the absence of DeMar DeRozan.
  • Jonas Valanciunas has recorded three straight double-doubles for the Raptors. He is averaging 17 points per game and 13.3 rebounds per game during that stretch.
  • The Nuggets' point guard situation does not look good as their top two guys are dealing with injuries. Ty Lawson is a game-time decision due to a left rotator cuff sprain. Nate Robinson is out as he suffered a sprained ACL earlier in the week.
  • Javale McGee (leg) and Danilo Gallinari (ACL) are also out for the Nuggets.
  • Nuggets guard Randy Foye is coming off a 33 point, seven assist performance on Wednesday. Foye has scored in double figures in 15 straight games.
  • The Nuggets had six players score in double figures during the first meeting against the Raptors this season. The Raptors had five in double figures, but Rudy Gay was on the team. The Raptors are a much different team since the last time these teams met.

Projected Starters

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry, Greivis Vasquez, Terrence Ross, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas

Denver Nuggets: Ty Lawson, Randy Foye, Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried, J.J. Hickson

Tonight's game starts at 9 pm. ET and can be seen on Sportsnet One.

Let's Go Raptors!


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