The Toronto Raptors are back in action tonight as they play host to the surging Cleveland Cavaliers. The Raptors are coming off a 95-93 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday after winning three straight. The Cavaliers have been one of the best teams in the NBA as of late. They have won six in a row and have moved themselves just three games out of a playoff spot. This is the first of three meetings between the teams. They will meet on Tuesday in Cleveland and then again in March.
Here are some notes for tonight's game:
- 2013 first overall pick Anthony Bennett will play his first professional game in Canada. Bennett started the season slow, but has since played better due to an increase in playing time. He has two double-doubles in his last four games.
- Cavs forward Tristan Thompson is also from Canada and will play in front of several friends and family tonight. Thompson is averaging 12.2 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game in his third year in the NBA.
- Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has scored 30+ points in six of his last 12 games. He is averaging 26.3 points per game during that stretch.
- The Raptors have held their last three opponents to 90 points per game.
- The Cavs acquired center Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers before Thursday's trade deadline and he is expected to be in the lineup tonight.
- The Cavs will be without guard Dion Waiters (knee), C.J. Miles (ankle) and center Anderson Varajao (back) as they did not travel with the team to Toronto.
Tonight's game starts at 7 pm. ET and can be seen on TSN2.
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