If you’re anywhere near a television, it’s safe to say your plans are made tonight. The Raptors’ final game of the regular season is part of a suite of exciting games in the NBA — all tipping at 8 PM. With no shortage of playoff seeds on the line, it’ll be a night of switching channels; by around 11 PM, we should know the Raptors’ final record and first round matchup.
This game against the Heat has been described as a tune-up by Dwane Casey. All the players are available, including those who previously had nagging injuries in Fred VanVleet and Lucas Nogueira. They’re going for 60 wins tonight, which is meaningful as a round number... and for anyone who’s followed this franchise long enough to remember the difficult days.
Basketball-wise, there’s not much to analyze. The Heat are a potential first round opponent for the Raptors, but there won’t be much to glean from a Game 82 where neither team is quite at full strength (Goran Dragic will not play due to knee soreness). We know, too, that Miami is a grinding team, and Toronto will be trying to avoid injury above all else.
So sit back, get your scoreboards ready to watch, and remote ready to change channels. By the end of the night, we’ll have a lot more to analyze, and hopefully a 60-win team to celebrate.
Get more details on the matchup in Dan Grant’s preview, then join us in the comments section.
Where to Watch
TSN 4/5, 8 PM ET
Toronto - Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas
Miami - Tyler Johnson, Dwyane Wade, Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Hassan Whiteside
Toronto - none
Miami - Goran Dragic (out - knee soreness), Dion Waiters (out - ankle)