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Preview: Toronto Raptors vs San Antonio Spurs – April 14th, 2021

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Toronto is back in action tonight as they continue their five-game homestand against former Raptor DeMar DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs. It will be a quick turnaround for the Raptors as they finish a busy stretch of seven games in ten days, tonight being their fourth contest over the past five.

The losses continue to pile up for Toronto, now 13 games below .500 at 21-34 following last night’s 108-103 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. While only two games back of the Chicago Bulls for the Eastern Conference play-in seed, the Raptors continue to lose ground, having gone 4-15 since the All-Star break.

The Raptors will be without Fred VanVleet once again as he continues to battle a hip injury, but should have Kyle Lowry back in the lineup after resting last night in the first game of the back-to-back. A move that hopes to help the Raptors improve on their NBA worst 1-11 record in the second night of back-to-back games.

On the other hand, Gregg Popovich in his 25th year, has the Spurs in a familiar position, fighting for a playoff spot. With a 26-26 record, San Antonio holds a slim lead over the Warriors and Pelicans for the 9th seed and play-in spot in the West.

The Spurs snapped a season long five-game losing streak on Sunday thanks to a dominant performance by DeRozan, including the game winning shot with less than a second left.

While Dejounte Murray and former Raptor Jakob Poeltl have played well, DeRozan has largely led the way for San Antonio this season, leading the team in both points (21.2) and assists (7) per game.

DeRozan, the highest scoring Raptor of all-time, will play his sixth game against his former squad, hoping to repeat the success he had in previous meetings. In a 119-114 win over the Raptors earlier this season, DeRozan scored a team-high 27 points and hit a season high three shots from beyond the arc, while DeMar’s only career triple double also came against his former team, back in 2019.

Toronto will hope to avoid a season sweep against the Spurs with tip-off set for tonight at 7:30PM EST on TSN.

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