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

Charlotte hasn’t been able to slow down the Raptors offense in two games this season. With Toronto’s bench unit rolling, expect more of the same today.

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Charlotte Hornets Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Over the last decade, the Hornets (Bobcats) have been the type of franchise to give the Raptors problems regardless of their record and talent level. Over the last ten seasons, Toronto has won the season series just twice — in 2010 and 2016. Today, they’ll look to make that total three.

The Raptors’ offense has played exceptionally well in two previous match-ups with Charlotte, totaling 255 points. That output has been driven by DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, who are averaging 29.0 and 23.5 points per game respectively.

Meanwhile, Fred VanVleet and Delon Wright are providing some of the best minute-for-minute production of their careers in this four-game stretch of bench brilliance.

With each logging over 23 minutes a game, Freddy is averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 assists per game, and Delon is pitching in 11.5 points and 2.0 steals. They’ve grown into a complimentary tandem with chemistry rivaling that of some of the best pairs on the team.

Can the bench unit sustain this incredible production? Will the Raptors’ front court contain Dwight Howard in the post? Can the Raptors limit Kemba Walker’s ability to put up points in a hurry?

Read Ben Scott’s entire preview of the game here before tuning in this afternoon!

Where to Watch

TSN 4/5, 1pm EST

Lineups

Toronto - Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas

Charlotte - Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams, Dwight Howard

Injuries

Toronto - Malachi Richardson (day-to-day)

Charlotte - none