The Toronto Raptors are back home tonight as they play host to the Houston Rockets in a cross-conference matchup. The Rockets are one of the better offensive teams in the NBA and the Raptors have been struggling with their defense lately. With only eight games remaining, the Raptors need to get back on track as they try to make a run in the playoffs.
The Raptors are coming off a 93-83 loss to the Miami Heat on Monday after winning three straight. The Rockets have lost two in a row after winning five straight. They fell to the Brooklyn Nets last night. This is the second and final meeting between the teams. The Rockets defeated the Raptors 110-104 in Houston on November 11.
Here are some notes for tonight's game:
- Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (knee) will be a game-time decision tonight. Lowry injured his knee on Monday on a knee-on-knee collision with Heat forward LeBron James.
- Rockets center Dwight Howard (ankle) is questionable for tonight's game. He sat out last night's game against the Nets, but could be good to go tonight. Howard had 18 points and 24 rebounds in the first meeting against the Raptors.
- Rockets guard James Harden ranks fifth in the NBA in scoring at 25.1 points per game. Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan ranks ninth at 22.7 points per game.
- Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 15.5 points and 10.3 rebounds on 70% shooting over his last four games.
- Rockets center Omer Asik grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds last night against Brooklyn.
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Tonight's game starts at 7 pm. ET and can be seen on Sportsnet One.
Let's Go Raptors!
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