After a five-game Western Conference road trip that saw them go 2-3, the Toronto Raptors are back home tonight to take on the New Orleans Pelicans. The Raptors have lost two in a row and three of their last four. The Pelicans have lost two in a row and are coming off a 93-81 loss against the Brooklyn Nets last night. This is the first of two meetings between the teams. The final game between the teams will be played on March 19 in New Orleans.
Here are some notes for tonight's game:
- Raptors forward Amir Johnson will not play tonight. He injured his ankle last week and the team is giving him a night of rest. A replacement in the starting lineup for Johnson has yet to be announced. Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday is still out with a leg injury.
- DeMar DeRozan is averaging a career-high 22.3 points per game this season. DeRozan ranks 11th in the league in scoring and 4th among Eastern Conference players. He trails only James Harden (23.7 ppg) amongst shooting guards in the NBA.
- Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is averaging 20.7 points per game, 10.4 rebounds per game, and 3.19 blocks per game this season. The second-year forward was recently announced as a replacement for Kobe Bryant in the all-star game.
- Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca will take on his former team tonight. Ajinca played 24 games with the Raptors in 2010-2011, totaling 265 minutes of action.
Tonight's game starts at 7 pm. ET and can be seen on TSN2.
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