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The Toronto Raptors begin a three game road trip and are set to begin the trip facing the Charlotte Hornets tonight. This will be the Raptors first away game following the All-Star break. After a devastating one-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night thanks to a Tony Snell buzzer beater, the Raptors are looking to bounce back in tonight’s matchup and end their current three game losing streak.
The Raptors have taken their previous two back-to-back meetings against Charlotte this season, with both games won by a margin of three points. Tonight’s matchup will be different however, with key starters Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby sidelined following league health and safety protocols prior to the All-Star break. The Raptors will continue rely upon other role players who have been forced to step up in their absence.
Norman Powell looks to continue as one of the emerging primary scorers for the Raps, finishing with a team high 33 points and shooting an impressive 6 threes on 60% three-point shooting versus Atlanta two days ago.
Chris Boucher will look to continue to make his case for the Most Improved Player award with impressive play on both offensive and defensive ends. Boucher had a full stat line last game finishing just shy of a double-double with 29 points and 9 rebounds along with 2 steals and 2 blocks.
Charlotte currently sits above the Raptors in the standings at 18-18 and are coming off a close win against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night. Key players to watch for tonight’s game include the guard duo of Terry Rozier and favoured Rookie of the Year candidate, LaMelo Ball. Toronto will look to stay aggressive on the Hornets backcourt and try to limit both guard’s paint and outside scoring.
Tune into the third game of the season series, with tip-off set for 7:30PM EST.