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Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors

And we’re again. After a six-game, 13-day street journey — the longest of the season — from which Toronto escaped with a Three-Three document, the Raptors return dwelling to host the Washington Wizardson Sunday night.
Except for being the primary dwelling recreation in two weeks for Toronto, that is the primary recreation in what has develop into an under-the-radar rivalry for the reason that Wizards dispatched the Raptors with ease within the opening spherical of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.
Toronto is coming off an incredible street win in Utah on Friday, which noticed DeRozan rating 37 factors, together with some uncommon long-range therapy, going Three-for-7 from distance, together with a Four-point play.
This was simply DeRozan’s finest recreation of the yr offensively after spending the primary seven video games in a comparative backseat function and he’ll look to proceed the assertiveness on Sunday.
It seems, nevertheless, Washington could possibly be with out John Wall, who suffered a shoulder damage after working into a tough decide set by Channing Frye throughout their recreation towards the Cavaliers on Friday night time.
Though Wall completed the sport, he surfaced from the locker room in a sling and remarked that he shouldn’t have been within the recreation after the damage occurred.
It’s a troublesome break for Washington, who simply had Markieff Morris return from damage on Friday. Whether or not Wall even misses the sport continues to be unknown for sure, nevertheless it seems like he’ll be sitting.

The place to Watch:

TSN4
6:00 p.m. EST

Starters:

Toronto - Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas
Washington - Tim Frazier, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat

Accidents:

Toronto - C.J. Miles (flu), however he’s possible
Washington - John Wall (shoulder sprain), however he’s uncertain
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Management the Glass

Each groups are middle-of-the-pack on the subject of rebounding the ball, however Washington continues to be a harmful crew after they handle to regulate the offensive glass. Gortat is nice at controlling place within the paint together with his physicality, however Jonas ought to match up properly when vying for unfastened balls within the submit.
The clear benefit Washington holds is at ahead, the place the return of Morris at energy ahead will push Otto Porter to small ahead, the place he’ll be guarded by Norman Powell. Whereas Powell can successfully play protection towards Porter together with his 6’10” wingspan, he'll discover it troublesome to comprise Porter, averaging seven rebounds per recreation, on the glass.
Nonetheless, with Wall a query mark and the Raptor bigs in a position to maintain their floor towards the Wizards, the Raptors have a transparent alternative to regulate the glass Sunday.

Bench Scoring

With out DeRozan placing up 37 on Friday, Toronto would have discovered it troublesome to win. The bench received away with the mediocre recreation because of their beginning guard, as they had been outscored 36-26 by the Jazz reserves.
Final season, it was potential for the bench unit to place up 15 factors whole towards Washington and nonetheless win the sport. Nonetheless, the Wizards’ entrance workplace has put a number of effort into the top of their bench, which now options a few quantity shooters in Jodie Meeks and Mike Scott.
The crew was clearly lacking CJ Miles’ means to gentle up the online versus the Jazz, however past him, there’s no versatile menace every night time. For all Pascal Siakam has proven early in his second season, there’s no assure he places up 15 factors by himself.
Toronto will want everybody firing on all cylinders as a way to have an opportunity on this recreation.

Key Matchup: Norm vs. Otto

Porter is the clear third possibility on the Wizards offense, and he performs his function very successfully — scoring 18 factors per recreation, on 56% from the sector and 50% from distance — capturing numbers that ought to maintain Powell a busy man all night.
If Wall misses the Sunday contest, Porter will likely be a fair greater a part of the sport plan, which might give Powell one in every of his largest assessments of the younger season. If Powell can proceed his manufacturing of the previous couple of video games and maintain Porter to underneath 20 factors, think about profitable night time.
Nonetheless, Porter has the potential to place up factors in a rush, so don’t be stunned if Dwane Casey switches up the defensive scheme in an effort to gradual him down. When Jae Crowder fails to place a kink in Porter’s shot, you understand he’s on fireplace.
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