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Preview: Toronto Raptors vs Houston Rockets

Photo Credit: Chris O’Meara

The Toronto Raptors will face the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston on Monday night.

Houston has lost 20 games in a row, becoming the 8th team in NBA history to reach the mark. Toronto also finds itself in its worst form this season, having lost eight in a row.

The Rockets are 14th in the western conference with a 11-30 record. They find themselves among the league’s worst teams in most notable metrics; they are 25th in points-per-game with 106.7 and 21st in points-per-game allowed with 111.9.

Center Christian Wood, acquired in free agency this past off-season, is having a breakout season leading the team in scoring with 22 points-per-game. Guards John Wall and Victor Oladipo are the other offensive threats for the Rockets, contributing over 21 points-per-game each.

Houston is finally rebuilding after years of being a top team in the west. Following the exits of head coach Mike D’Antoni and GM Daryl Morey, along with their small ball philosophy, the team moved on from superstar James Harden in a four-team blockbuster deal earlier this year, and recently moved the disgruntled PJ Tucker to Milwaukee. Oladipo, who was acquired in the Harden trade, is likely to get dealt before this week’s trade deadline.

The Raptors are in desperate need of some wins after a nightmare month of March, in which they missed a number of important players to Covid protocols for two weeks and have lost all their games this month.

Toronto should have a good shot at beating Houston, as the Rockets struggle rebounding and lack size in the paint, matching the Raptors’ biggest weakness. If the Raptors have a strong defensive game, they can coast to a victory.

Now that the Raptors are fully healthy, they have to start stringing together some wins if they want to get back into the eastern conference playoff picture.

Catch tip-off on Monday night at 9PM EST on Sportsnet.

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