Team records: Toronto 23-7, Denver 13-17
Where to watch: Sportsnet Regional (all regions), 9:00 pm EST
After an impressive victory over the Clippers last night, the Raptors will look to take the second half of a back-to-back against the Nuggets, whom they beat earlier this month in Toronto.
The first meeting between the two teams went to overtime, with the Raptors prevailing 112-107 in overtime. Toronto needed a late rally, fueled by a huge three-pointer by Patrick Patterson in the closing minutes, to send the game into extras. Patterson finished 5-for-7 from downtown, scoring 19 points and collecting eight rebounds in 39 minutes of play. Lou Williams had one of his better games off the bench, providing 26 points in 28 minutes.
For the Nuggets, their starting backcourt was efficient (Arron Afflalo: 25 points, 9-for-14 from the field, Ty Lawson: 22 points, 8-for-19 from the field) while all five starters scored in double figures.
The point guard match-up should be fun tonight, as Kyle Lowry continues this road trip against some of the best in the league at the position (Derrick Rose and Chris Paul already, Lawson tonight, with Steph Curry, Damian Lillard and Goran Dragic still to come).
After allowing 49-points in the fourth quarter to the Bulls in a loss earlier this week, the Raptors had a much tidier fourth quarter in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon, pushing the lead to double digits in the final 12 minutes.
There's of course the obvious issue of playing a second straight night, in Denver no less. But a victory tonight would not only continue to solidify Toronto as a potential contender in the East, but also ensure a successful road trip, one that most people agreed would be a relative success if the team went 2-4, or 3-3. A win tonight would guarantee at least that.