Just quietly, the Toronto Raptors have gotten themselves back into the playoff picture, but the back end of their five-game road trip will tell us a lot about who this team is.
On Friday, the Raptors began a five-game road trek with a matchup against the Detroit Pistons, and next, they face the defending champion, Milwaukee Bucks, on the second night of a back-to-back.
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This will be the third time these two have faced each other this season, but it will be the first game that the Bucks MVP candidate superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo will suit up.
In early December, led by Fred VanVleet's 29 points, the Bucks took advantage of Antetokounmpo sitting out with a sore right calf to end the Bucks' eight-game winning streak at Scotiabank Arena. The Greek Freak missed the return game in Milwaukee on Jan. 5 with a non-Covid related illness, and Toronto was led by Pascal Siakam's 33 points to come away with a 117-111 victory at FiservForum.
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Following Saturday's game against the Bucks, the Raptors will face the Miami Heat (Jan. 17), Dallas Mavericks (Jan. 19) and Washington Wizards (Jan. 21). They will return to Toronto on Jan. 23 for a matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Raptors are currently 12-11 at home and 9-8 on the road this season.
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What channel is Raptors vs. Bucks on?
- TV channel: TSN 1/4 and RDS (Canada), Bally Sports Wisconsin and League Pass (United States)
- Radio: TSN 105
Raptors vs. Bucks will be televised on TSN 1/4 and RDS in Canada. In Milwaukee, it will be televised on Bally Sports Wisconsin. The game can be streamed on League Pass elsewhere in the United States.
What time does Raptors vs. Bucks start?
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 15
- Time: 6:30 p.m. ET | 3:30 p.m. PT
Tip-off for Raptors vs Bucks will be shortly after 6:30 p.m. ET. The game will be one of 10 games in the NBA on Saturday night.
Raptors vs. Bucks injury report
|Scottie Barnes||Out||Knee; Injury management|
|Isaac Bonga||Out||G League Assignment|
|Goran Dragic||Out||Not with team|
|David Johnson||Out||G League Assignment|
|Gary Trent Jr.||Out||Ankle|
|Bucks||Jeff Dowtin||Out||G League Assignment|
|Langston Galloway||Out||Health and safety protocols|
|Jrue Holiday||Out||Left ankle soreness|
|Brook Lopez||Out||Back surgery|
Raptors next five games
|Jan. 15||at Bucks||6:30 p.m.||FiservForum|
|Jan. 17||at Heat||7:30 p.m.||FTX Arena|
|Jan. 19||at Mavericks||8:30 p.m.||American Airlines Center|
|Jan. 21||at Wizards||8:00 p.m.||Capital One Arena|
|Jan. 23||vs. Blazers||6:00 p.m.||Scotiabank Arena|
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