After a shaky start, the Toronto Raptors are back to .500 on the season.
The Raptors are 4-4 as they head into the final game of their road trip. They will take on Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics, in hopes of making it 3 wins in a row.
The Celtics come into this matchup 6-2. Jaylen Brown led the way with 28 points in their latest 121-107 win against the Brooklyn Nets.
On Friday, Boston seemingly maintained control the entire game and were able to rest their starters as they are on a back-to-back. Tatum backed up Brown with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Boston has won four games in a row against the Raptors. Boston swept Toronto last season. The Raptors have also lost 10 of the last 12 against the Celtics.
Toronto is going to have their hands full with Tatum, Brown, Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday. As all four of those players can score at a high rate.
The Raptors are coming off a nice win against the Mavericks.
Pascal Siakam had 31 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists in Wednesday’s game, bouncing back after some previous offensive struggles. O.G. Anunoby had 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists as well. The Raptors are going to need Anunoby’s defense in this game whether he matches up against Tatum or Brown.
Toronto’s bench will be shorthanded. Gary Trent Jr. is listed as doubtful and Precious Achiuwa is probable with his groin strain.
The Raptors will see some familiar faces in this one as Svi Mykhailiuk, Oshae Brissett and Delano Banton are set to face their former team. While it is unlikely Mykhailiuk or Banton see the floor, expect to see some minutes from Brissett.
Next on tap
After this the Raptors will head home for a four game homestand, starting against the Washington Wizards.
Toronto will play the Wizards on Nov. 13.
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