With a fully healthy squad and their fifth straight win as motivation, we should expect the Raptors to be in the hunt for another convincing victory. The game matchup to watch is between Nikola Vucevic and Jonas Valanciunas. Vucevic will likely be a handful, as he is averaging a career best 18.6 points per game and 12.3 rebounds. That said, Vucevic is still figuring out how to be more assertive in both calling for the ball and looking to score, especially in the fourth quarter. Jonas will probably start the game guarding him, while Amir Johnson chases Channing Frye around the three point line. However, don't be surprised if Dwane Casey gives Amir a try on Vucevic while throwing either James Johnson or Tyler Hansbrough on Frye.
The key to this game is more mental than anything: the Raptors need to play up to the level that they are capable of and not down to that of the competition. Coming off of the game with Philly and now facing another weak team, the Raptors cannot allow themselves to develop bad habits through sloppy play. Toronto has the luxury of a significant talent gap that should help them get the victory even with mediocre play. However looking long term, teams that play deep into the playoffs develop good habits from the pre-season and don't let up, regardless of their opponents. With a game against conference rivals the Chicago Bulls just two days away, the Raptors shouldn't look past the task at hand tonight; if they stay focused, fully expect their seventh win of the season once the final buzzer sounds.
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