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Toronto Raptors (28-24) at Washington Wizards (25-27)

February 18th, 2014 at 2:36 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

With NBA All-Star Weekend over and the trade deadline approaching, it is time for the Toronto Raptors to get back to work. They are in Washington tonight to take on the Wizards in an Eastern Conference battle. The Raptors currently hold the third seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Wizards are three games back of them in sixth. If the season ended today, these two teams would play each other in the first round so tonight could be a preview of things to come.

The Raptors have won two straight games, while the Wizards have lost two straight. This is the third of four meetings between the two teams. The Raptors have won the first two meetings.

Here are some notes for tonight's game:

  • Raptors forward Amir Johnson (ankle) is expected back tonight after sitting out the last two games. He will likely be placed back in the starting rotation, but don't be surprised if you see Patrick Patterson get the start instead.
  • Kyle Lowry is averaging 15.5 points per game, 10.0 assists per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, and 3.0 steals per game against the Wizards this season. 
  • Wizards guard John Wall scored 37 points in the first meeting against the Raptors, but was held to just 11 points in the second meeting. Wall is averaging 19.8 points per game this season.
  • Wizards guard Bradley Beal finished second in the three point contest during all-star weekend. He could be eager to fire up three's tonight fresh off of his strong performance.

Projected Starters

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

Washington Wizards: John Wall, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Nene, Marcin Gortat

Tonight's game starts at 7 pm. ET and can be seen on TSN2.

Let's Go Raptors!

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