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With only four games left in a disappointing season, the Toronto Raptors will host the Los Angeles Clippers tonight.
The teams last met seven days ago when the Raptors visited L.A. — fresh off their most recent victory against the L.A. Lakers on May 2 — and lost a close game, 105-100. Since then, Toronto has dropped two straight home games against the Washington Wizards and the Memphis Grizzlies, and have only won three of their last 10 matchups.
The Clippers are sitting on the good side of the playoff fence with a 45-23 record, winning six of their last 10 games. L.A. is third in the Western Conference and has already clinched a playoff spot — something Toronto fans can dream about in the upcoming offseason.
Toronto will have to gameplan against former Raptor, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Ivica Zubac.
Leonard is the team’s points leader with a 25.1 average and a 51.1% field goal percentage. Paul is second to Leonard in points with 23.5 but has better three-point accuracy — 41.6% compared to 39.8%.
Zubac cleans up the boards with 7.3 rebounds per game.
The keys for a Toronto victory will be effectively defending Leonard and George from behind the arc and getting to the offensive boards before Zubac.
When L.A. loses, they’re 7.4% less effective from three-point range. The Clippers also grab 3.5 less rebounds per loss compared to an average win.
According to the Raptors’ injury report, Kyle Lowry (rest), Fred VanVleet (hip), Pascal Siakam (shoulder), OG Anunoby (calf), Paul Watson Jr. (knee) and Rodney Hood (hand) are ruled out tonight. Chris Boucher is questionable.
The Clippers’ injury report notes that former Raptor, Serge Ibaka, and Amir Coffey are still out.
Tip-off is set for 7:30 EST.