The preseason comes down to this: The 3-1 Toronto Raptors against the 0-4 New Orleans Pelicans in a game so unimportant, neither team is televising it!
Hey Raps nation,— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 11, 2018
Tonight's game will not be broadcast on tv but we here @ Raptors twitter will do our best to keep you in the loop throughout the game #WeTheNorth https://t.co/GTrcBvVO7W
On the news front, the Raptors will be without Delon Wright, who “tweaked something” in his right leg in last night’s win over Brooklyn. Wright’s had a great preseason so hopefully it’s nothing serious. Meanwhile, Norman Powell will miss his second straight game as he recovers from his own leg injury.
As for the non-injured Raptors, well, lots of them are getting the night off too: Kawhi Leonard, Fred VanVleet, Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, Serge Ibaka, and Danny Green are out for “rest.”
That means lots of time for the young guys! OG Anunoby will get his second straight start, as Nick Nurse says the team intends to give Anunoby the time he needs to shake the rust off. It also means Greg Monroe gets his first start in a Raptors jersey!
Pelicans have declared they’re playing their “main rotation” tonight, so look for a good dose of Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and Nikola Mirotic, not to mention new addition Julius Randle.
Where to Watch
Nowhere! Well, nowhere legit. But the action comes your way at 8 p.m. EST.
Toronto — Lorenzo Brown, Jordan Loyd, Greg Monroe(!), Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby
New Orleans — Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Elfrid Payton, Julius Randle, E’Twaun Moore
Toronto — Delon Wright (leg); Norman Powell (leg); Kawhi Leonard, Fred VanVleet, Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, Serge Ibaka, and Danny Green (rest)
New Orleans — Jahlil Okafor (ankle); Alexis Ajinca (quad)
Dylan Litman has the keys to the game, such as they are, in the preview thread, so go check ‘em out—and then come on back to tell us your thoughts in the comments as you follow along on Twitter or NBA.com or whatever other means you might have to catch the action!