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Lakers vs Raptors Gameday Thread: "Going for the Sweep"

The Toronto Raptors look to sweep the season series vs the LA Lakers for the first time in franchise history.

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January 19, 2014

TSN - 1:00 PM EST

The marquee match-up that's not so marquee anymore.

That might be one way to describe today's match-up between the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers as LA won't have Kobe Bryant or Steve Nash in action, and with a 15 and 25 record, don't exactly evoke images of the classic LA "Showtime" teams.

Contrast that with the Toronto Raptors who've already beaten LA once this year, and are now looking for their first sweep of the Lake Show in franchise history.

This might be tougher to pull off than it would seem however. While Toronto has won six straight at home, they'll be without Tyler Hansbrough today, and possibly key bench contributor John Salmons. As we've seen over the past few games, if the Raps' starters haven't been lights out, things get testy as beyond Patrick Patterson, the Dinos haven't gotten a lot from their pine crew.

We'll see if that's the case today vs LA.