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Raptors vs Jazz Match-Up: Siakam is AVAILABLE against Utah

After missing the Raptors’ last game with back spasms, Siakam returns to the lineup.

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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

Injuries:

Toronto: Christian Koloko (illness — OUT), Otto Porter Jr. (knee — OUT)

Utah: none to report

Lineups:

Toronto: Immanuel Quickley, RJ Barrett, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Thad Young

Utah: John Collins, Lauri Markkanen, Simone Fontecchio, Colin Sexton, Kris Dunn