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Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks Matchup: Home cooking, come through

Can the Raptors take advantage of a depleted Bucks team on the SEGABABA? They won’t have a better opportunity than this to turn things around.

Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Ah, I remember Monday. A younger time, a more innocent time... a time when I thought the Toronto Raptors had a great opportunity to start 2023 off right, with a win against a feisty Indiana Pacers team currently sitting well above them in the standings.

We all know how that went.

And so here we are, once again, hoping the Raptors take advantage of an opportunity to right the ship — because, at 16-21, those opportunities are dwindling. Tonight’s matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks is the first game of a six-game homestand, with no back-to-backs; the Bucks themselves are on a B2B, will be missing Khris Middleton, Joe Ingles, Goerge Hill and Jrue Holiday, and the Raptors are healthy (minus Otto Porter Jr.), with a relatively easy schedule for the rest of the way.

In other words, if they’re going to turn it around, it’s gotta start right here, tonight.

If not, well, trade winds are blowing (or dominoes are about to fall, as other execs are saying as detailed in Michael Grange’s piece earlier today). I’ve written about not blowing the team up, not firing Nick Nurse, and not trading Fred VanVleet, but at some point... the Raptors are going to cross the proverbial Rubicon and will have to make a move, lest they be stuck in purgatory forever.

They can change course, starting tonight. Will they? Let’s watch!

Where to watch:

Sportsnet, 7:30 pm ET

Starting Lineups:

Toronto Raptors — O.G. Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Gary Trent Jr.

Milwaukee Bucks — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Pat Connaughton, Brook Lopez, Grayson Allen, Jevon Carter


Toronto Raptors — Otto Porter Jr. (foot – out)

Milwaukee Bucks — Khris Middleton (knee – out), Joe Ingles (knee – out), Goerge Hill (non-COVID illness – out), Jrue Holiday (non-COVID illness – out)