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The Toronto Raptors will begin a weekend road trip as they visit the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight.
The Raptors and Cavaliers have nearly identical regular season records — Toronto is 20-32 and Cleveland is 19-32. The Raptors (11th) are sitting one spot ahead of the Cavaliers (12th) in the Eastern Conference standings.
After two straight victories at the beginning of the month, Toronto fell back down again to both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls this week. Cleveland’s April has been similar but in the reverse order, winning their last two games against the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Raptors should be gameplanning against Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. Sexton leads the Cavaliers with 24 points per game while averaging a 48% field goal percentage. Garland scores 16.8 points per game and had a career high 37 points on Monday night’s victory against the Spurs.
Kyle Lowry (foot) is listed as questionable for tonight according to Toronto’s injury report. Jalen Harris, Rodney Hood and Fred VanVleet are all facing hip injuries but Hood (questionable) is the only one who might play tonight.
Paul Watson Jr. is also out for the Raptors as he remains on the COVID-19 Health and Safety protocol.
Cleveland’s Dylan Windler (knee) and Jarrett Allen (concussion) have been ruled out of tonight’s matchup.
Larry Nance Jr. is also out. He has been battling an undetermined illness that caused him to lose 20 pounds in one week and kept him out prior to the Cavaliers’ Thursday night victory against the Thunder.
Toronto can exploit Cleveland’s poor three-point shooting, which ranks 30th in the league at 33.5%, if they can play with the same intensity they did against Golden State when they limited the Warriors to just 32.3% from three point range.
The Cavaliers also rank 23rd in rebounding and their success on the boards will be significantly hindered because of Jarrett Allen’s absence — who leads the team with 9.9 rebounds per game.
Tonight’s game is set to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. EST.