The Toronto Raptors concluded a four-game road trip with a 2-2 record, but the finale against the Boston Celtics did not go well.
Toronto suffered their worst loss of the year on Nov. 11, losing 117-94. The Raptors now look to bounce back and build some momentum with a four-game home stand.
Things kick off against the Washington Wizards, which should serve as a bounce back game for the Raptors. But, Toronto will be without two key players:
The Raptors will be without Trent and Anunoby vs Washington tonight. Anunoby cut his finger doing household chores yesterday, per the team.
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) November 13, 2023
Washington comes into the contest 2-7 and are a two game losing streak. Recently they lost to the Brooklyn Nets. With the Wizards being on a back to back, this is a prime opportunity for the Raptors to take advantage.
However, the two players to keep in check are Kyle Kuzma and Jordan Poole. As they can both score 20-30 points any given night, especially coming off an off night.
Kuzma leads the team in scoring with Poole right behind him. If those two are kept in check, Toronto will be in good shape.
With O.G. Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. out, Darko Rajakovic is likely going to turn to Otto Porter Jr. to start. Toronto will also need big contributions from Precious Achiuwa, Chris Boucher, Malachai Flynn and Gradey Dick from off the bench.
Expect Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam to get back on track against a poor Wizards defense.
Full four-game home stand
With the home stand starting light with Washington, it does not get any easier moving forward.
The Milwaukee Bucks come into town on Wednesday, followed by a rematch with the Celtics on Nov. 17. Then the Raptors wrap up their home stand with a date against the Detroit Pistons on Nov. 19.
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