With losses to the Pacers and Rockets, the first two games of Toronto’s three-game trip didn’t go well. Both games had similar outcomes in that the Raptors dug themselves a hole early, managed to fight back for a chance to pull off a win, but fell short on both occasions. They’ll look to finish the trip on a winning note when they tip-off with the Mavericks this evening.
Led by rookie sensation Luka Doncic, this Dallas team (who are 22-26 on the year) shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially on the back-end of a road trip. Doncic is averaging 20.2 points (on 55.6 true shooting percentage), 6.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.2 steals per game — and is the clear favorite to win Rookie of the Year. His numbers and play highlight an offensive prowess that gives defences trouble, so expect Danny Green – who is probable for tonight’s contest – to make him uncomfortable along with a combination of Kawhi Leonard, OG Anunoby, and Norman Powell.
Per the Raptors, Danny Green is good to go tonight Valanciunas is the only name on the IR— Louis Zatzman (@LouisZatzman) January 27, 2019
Another player that may give the Raptors trouble is DeAndre Jordan. He had a solid game in the first meeting against Toronto, recording 18 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists. The Raptors will need solid play on both ends of the floor from Serge Ibaka, and that’s all they can rely on at this point as Greg Monroe has been struggling to make an impact recently. Once again, look for Jordan to feast on both ends of the floor.
With both teams desperately needing a win, tonight’s game should be a fun one. Before we get to it, here is Ben Scott’s complete Raptors-Mavericks preview, and below are the updated game details for tonight’s matchup.
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Where to Watch:
TSN, 7:00 p.m. ET
Toronto – Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka
Dallas – Luka Doncic, Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, DeAndre Jordan
Toronto — Jonas Valanciunas (OUT – Thumb injury)
Dallas — J.J. Barea (OUT – Ruptured right Achilles tendon)