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Raptors vs Nuggets Game Thread: Pre-game updates, TV Info and more

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The Raptors will be down five rotation players tonight in what should be a strange affair in the Mile-High city. With just ten healthy bodies suiting up, it’s not looking like the most wonderful time of the year — not right now at least.

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So, this is a strange time for the Raptors. On one hand, it’s great that Kyle Lowry is getting a stretch of rest in. He’s been pushing some heavy minutes in recent weeks and has been carrying the team early on this season, no question. On the other hand, Fred VanVleet is doubtful to suit up, and without him, that leaves Delon Wright (who’s played 70 percent of his minutes at the two-spot) as the starting point guard, with Lorenzo Brown the lone backup.

So all of that stinks. Ah, shoot. I forgot to mention — that fall Siakam took the other night? That’s holding him out tonight as well. In addition to those three (again, Fred is doubtful), Jonas and Powell are still long-shots for an extended period.

Not to make light of an injurious situation, but the Denver Nuggets are missing six players of their own, making this one a sure-fire battle of the coaches. Who’s gonna whip up the best rotations? Who has the best remedies to the depth lost? We’ll find out shortly. Read up on tonight’s matchup with Dylan Litman’s morning preview.

Where to Watch:

TSN, 8:00 PM EST

Lineups:

Toronto: Delon Wright, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard,, C.J. Miles, Serge Ibaka

Denver: Jamal Murray, Torrey Craig, Juancho Hernangomez, Nikola Jokic, Mason Plumlee

Injuries:

Toronto: Fred VanVleet (Doubtful — Back), Kyle Lowry (Out — Left Thigh), Pascal Siakam (Out — Back), Norman Powell (dislocated shoulder), Jonas Valanciunas (dislocated thumb)

Denver: Isaiah Thomas (out), Gary Harris (out), Paul Millsap (out), Jarred Vanderbilt (out), Michael Porter Jr. (out), Will Barton (out)