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Preview: Toronto Raptors vs Phoenix Suns – March 26, 2021

Photo Credit: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

Just one day removed from the NBA trade deadline, the updated Toronto Raptors roster will take on the Phoenix Suns tonight.

Toronto dealt Norman Powell, Matt Thomas and Terence Davis II and acquired Gary Trent Jr., Rodney Hood and two draft picks through three different trades yesterday.

The Suns did not make any trades yesterday before the 3 p.m. EST deadline.

Toronto is 18-26 after Wednesday night’s win over the Denver Nuggets, officially breaking their nine-game losing streak during the first all-female broadcast in NBA history.

There is still a glimmer of hope for their playoff chances as they find themselves in 11th place in the Eastern Conference.

Phoenix is sitting pretty on the greener side of the playoff fence at 29-14 and second in the Western Conference. However, the Suns did narrowly drop their most recent game to the 15-29 Orlando Magic on Wednesday night, 112-111.

Toronto will have their hands full dealing with Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton. Booker leads Phoenix with 25.1 points per game while Paul has the most assists (8.7) and steals (1.4) per game. Ayton is the Suns’ big man with the most rebounds (10.9) and blocks (1.1) per game.

The one key that the Raptors need to exploit is the Suns’ three-point shooting. Scoring from beyond the arc is the one major statistic that significantly drops — from 40.9% to 33.4% — in an average Phoenix loss.

Patrick McCaw (knee) is still ruled out and will remain on Toronto’s injury report but is listed as day-to-day. Trent Jr. and Hood are also listed as day-to-day, as it is not yet confirmed if they will be available to make their debuts tonight.

Abdel Nader (knee) is ruled out and Mikal Bridges (heel) is day-to-day but is listed as probable for the Suns.

The game is set to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. EST tonight on Sportsnet One.

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