The Toronto Raptors keep on winning.
In defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, the Raptors have now won 15 straight games, extending what was already the longest winning streak in franchise history.
The Raptors have gone from having the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference to the second-best during this streak. They now have a two-game cushion over the Boston Celtics and trail the Milwaukee Bucks at the top of the standings by 6.5 games.
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The Raptors will go for win No. 16 in a row on Wednesday when they travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets. Ahead of that game, here are five stats to know from Toronto's winning streak.
118.7 - Toronto's offensive rating during the streak
The Raptors have been above league average on offence on the season, but they've reached another level during the streak.
In scoring 118.7 points per 100 possessions, the Raptors have had the best offensive rating in the league since the start of their winning streak. It's been a team effort, as seven players are averaging 10 or more points per game.
Pascal Siakam is leading the way with 21.7 points per game. Following him: Kyle Lowry (18.2), Fred VanVleet (17.7), Serge Ibaka (17.4), Norman Powell (17.3), Marc Gasol (11.8) and Terence Davis (10.9).
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Not all of those players have appeared in every game, but the Raptors continue to get contributions from others whenever a key member of the rotation is out. Since losing Gasol to a hamstring injury, Ibaka is averaging 21.2 points per game as his replacement in the starting lineup. Since losing Powell to a finger injury, OG Anunoby has bumped his scoring average to 10.0 points per game while Davis has become the team's leading scorer off the bench with 16.4 points per game.
Career night for The OG.- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 11, 2020
25 Pts | 12 Reb | 3 Stl@OAnunoby | #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/HUuDrQdvfd
The Raptors have also gotten some big performances out of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Matt Thomas. Whereas Hollis-Jefferson set a new season-high with 21 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves - a game in which he was matched up with two-time All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns due to Gasol and Ibaka being out - Thomas set a new career-high with 15 points against the Brooklyn Nets.
There might not be a team in the league right now that embodies the next man up mentality quite like the Raptors do.
108.3 - Toronto's defensive rating during the streak
Toronto's defensive rating is actually worse during the winning streak than what it is on the season (105.1).
Not that it has mattered. It's still one of the better rates in the league and the Raptors have been so dominant offensively that they're still outscoring opponents by an average margin of 10.4 points per 100 possessions.
One thing the Raptors continue to do well defensively is force turnovers and capitalize on teams making mistakes. Since the start of the winning streak, the Raptors are forcing 18.7 turnovers per game, leading to 23.2 points.
Both of those figures lead the league.
#24 COMIN' CLUTCH pic.twitter.com/TNXjLeeaiy- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 31, 2020
The Raptors have also been locking down the paint. In limiting opponents to 40.9 points per game in the paint, they rank third in the league behind the Bucks (39.6) and Miami Heat (40.7).
That's even more impressive considering the Raptors have been without Gasol for some time. They were even able to take care of business against the Towns-led Timberwolves despite not having Gasol or Ibaka, holding Minnesota to 38 points in the paint.
10 - How many road games the Raptors have won in a row
It's also a franchise record, surpassing the previous record of nine consecutive road wins set in the 2017-18 season.
This streak of road wins began on Jan. 4, but eight of the 15 games the Raptors have won lately have come away from the Scotiabank Arena. It started with a win over the Thunder in Oklahoma City, followed by a matchup with the Spurs in San Antonio and the Pacers in Indiana, to name a few.
Franchise-record 10th straight road W.- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 8, 2020
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As a result, the Raptors are now 19-7 on the road on the season. The Bucks are the only team in the Eastern Conference with a better road record at 21-4.
11 - How many wins have come against teams with losing records
The Raptors have beaten up on teams with losing records all season long. It's been against winning teams where they've struggled.
According to ESPN, the Raptors are 31-2 against teams below .500 compared to 9-12 against teams .500 or better. For perspective, the Bucks (12-6), Celtics (12-8) and Heat (13-10) have winning records against winning opponents, while the Philadelphia 76ers (12-15) and Indiana Pacers (11-12) have had a little more success than the Raptors.
However, the Raptors have come up with four wins against notable opponents during this streak. Following that road win over the Thunder to begin the streak, they've defeated the 76ers in Toronto and the Pacers, once at home and once on the road.
The Raptors will face a big test soon. In a couple of weeks, they will host the Bucks, who they are 1-5 against in their last six regular season meetings.
March 1 - The next time the Raptors are projected to lose
According to FiveThirtyEight's played-based model RAPTOR, the Raptors are favoured to win their next five games - against the Nets in Brooklyn, followed by matchups with the Phoenix Suns, Pacers, Bucks and Charlotte Hornets in Toronto.
It isn't until they play the Denver Nuggets on March 1 that the site's model gives their opponent a higher win probability.
|Date||Opponents||Win probability (FiveThirtyEight's RAPTOR)||Win No.|
|Feb. 12||at Nets||65%||16|
|Feb. 21||vs. Suns||78%||17|
|Feb. 23||vs. Pacers||74%||18|
|Feb. 25||vs. Bucks||62%||19|
|Feb. 28||vs. Hornets||92%||20|
|March 1||at Nuggets||29%||21|
If the Raptors do win five more games in a row, that would extend their streak to 20 wins. The reason that's significant: Toronto would become only the seventh franchise in NBA history to win 20 consecutive games, joining the Los Angeles Lakers (1971-72), Golden State Warriors (2014-15, 2015-16), Miami Heat (2012-13), Houston Rockets (2007-08), Washington Capitols (1947-48, 1948-49) and Milwaukee Bucks (1970-71).
Will the Raptors make it to 20? Only time will tell, but they're well-positioned to make history.
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