We have made it, friends. It’s the last late-night game of the week.
Even better, it starts at 9:30pm instead of 10 or 10:30pm.
Plus, with a blizzard raging through Toronto right now, what else do you have to do on a Friday night other than watch the Raptors play the Utah Jazz?
Now you may remember the last time the Raptors played the Jazz... Toronto had a huge lead only to give it up and then lose.
Since then, the Jazz have been on a tear of the Western Conference and are 8-2 in their last ten games. Though, they still sit in 11th place in the West.
Most notably, their last game was a win against the NBA Champion Denver Nuggets.
There is good news though — Pascal Siakam is listed as AVAILABLE for the Toronto Raptors.
Maybe there is hope that the Raptors will avoid sliding to three consecutive losses (what’s the opposite of a Pizza Party game?) and the Toronto can return home this weekend with a win AND the opportunity to go tobogganing.
Either way, it’s the last game on this rollercoaster of a road trip, and the Raptors play at home on Monday — against Boston. A win tonight would do everyone good.
Hopefully the anger of the last Utah game will help Toronto play a more full game of basketball, plus they haven’t played the Jazz since the trade — and they are a new team now.
Another fun thing to consider — RJ Barrett will be going up against his Team Canada Captian, Kelly Olynyk.
We love a Canadian reunion.
Here are the game details:
How to Watch: 9:30pm, Sportsnet
Toronto: Christian Koloko (illness — OUT), Otto Porter Jr. (knee — OUT)
Utah: none to report
Toronto: Immanuel Quickley, RJ Barrett, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Thad Young
Utah: John Collins, Lauri Markkanen, Simone Fontecchio, Colin Sexton, Kris Dunn
Pascal Siakam returns to the lineup tonight in Utah after missing Wednesday’s game with back spasms. With a win, Jazz (who have won 9 of 11) can get back to .500 after starting the season 7-16. Raptors can close out a very tough West Coast trip with a solid 3-3 record.— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) January 13, 2024