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Lakers vs. Raptors - GameDay Thread: Kobe, Nash Visit Air Canada Centre

The Los Angeles Lakers annual trip to Toronto is always a big game. However with the Raptors in danger of sliding out of the Eastern Conference playoff race for good, it looms a little larger than usual.

Stephen Dunn

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January 20, 2012

TSN2 - 1:00 PM EST

The annual Los Angeles Lakers visit to Toronto to take on the Raptors is somewhat of an event.

The media room is packed, the Air Canada Centre is sold out, and it's a bit of a star-studded affair as Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Ron Ar...err...Meta World Peace drop by, now with Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in tow.

On paper, this looks like a tough match for the Raptors.

The club has struggled this season against bigger frontlines (see Sacramento) and indeed, LA boasts a biggie.

However the Lakes, despite expectations pre-season, certainly haven't played like juggernauts and enter the game with only a slightly better record than the Dinos.

We've previewed this one already this morning, so let's get right to the action in what should be an entertaining affair.

It usually is each time these clubs hook up, but let's hope Toronto comes out on the winning end for a change. The Lakers are 12 and 4 all time in TO...