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Raptors vs. Trail Blazers Game Thread: Pre-game updates, TV info, and more

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The Raptors are on top of the league with a record of 23-7 and will look to stay hot as they take on the Trail Blazers in Portland.

NBA: Preseason-Portland Trail Blazers at Toronto Raptors Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Raptors will look to build on their 2-0 start to their four game road trip tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Leading up to this game, Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard were both questionable but The Raptors will only be without Lowry as he will be held out of tonight’s game with a thigh bruise. Leonard will play after missing the last two games against the Los Angles Clippers and Golden State Warriors.

Adding to the injuries, the Raptors will also be without Jonas Valanciunas for at least four weeks as he underwent successful surgery on his dislocated left thumb.

JV injured his thumb in the second quarter of Wednesday’s game against Golden State. He seems to be in good spirits, though.

Look for Greg Monroe and Chris Boucher, who was called up from the Raptors 905, to get some runs in the absence of JV.

Luckily for the Raptors, the Trail Blazers are in the midst of a slump. After starting the season 10-3, The Trail Blazers have lost eight of their last 11 games and are half a game out of a playoff spot with a record of 15-13.

Both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have been great to begin the year but the team is struggling as they’re lacking a third star to help take the load off their backcourt.

Lillard is top-five in the league in scoring, averaging 27 points per game on an efficient 58.2 true shooting percentage. He’s also leading the team in assists with 6.1 assists per game, while grabbing 5.1 rebounds per game. His backcourt mate, McCollum, dropped 40 points in the 83-92 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, and is averaging 22 points, 2.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game on the season.

Look for those two to go off tonight but they will need another player to step up in order to take down the league’s best Raptors.

Here is John Gaudes’ full preview for tonight’s game as well as the game details below.

Where to Watch:

Sportsnet One, 10 p.m. ET

Lineups:

Toronto - Fred VanVleet, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka

Portland - Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu, Jusuf Nurkic

Injuries:

Toronto - Kyle Lowry (out- thigh bruise), Norman Powell (out - shoulder), Jonas Valanciunas (out - thumb)

Portland - None

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