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Toronto Raptors

How the Toronto Raptors have fared in back-to-backs this season

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Kawhi Leonard (NBA Getty Images)

When the Toronto Raptors play the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, it'll be on the second night of a back-to-back.

The Raptors have already played five back-to-backs this season. Prior to their win against the LA Clippers on Tuesday, they were 3-2 on the first night of a back-to-back and 5-0 on the second.

The Raptors are currently one of four teams - the others being the Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards - to have not lost on the second night of a back-to-back this season.

Four of their five matchups on the second night of a back-to-back have come against teams with a losing record as of Dec. 12.

Raptors on second night of back-to-back (2018-19)
Opponent Date Score TOR highest scorer
Washington Wizards Oct. 20 117-113 Lowry (28 PTS)
Philadelphia 76ers Oct. 30 129-112 Leonard (31 PTS)
Utah Jazz Nov. 5 124-111 Lowry (17 PTS)
Chicago Bulls Nov. 17 122-83 VanVleet (18 PTS)
Atlanta Hawks Nov. 21 124-108 Valanciunas (24 PTS)

Kawhi Leonard has yet to play in both games of a back-to-back this season. He was held out of their game against the Clippers because of a bruised right hip.

It's still unknown if he'll play against the Warriors on Wednesday.

Raptors head coach Nick Nurse told ESPN in the first week of November that they still haven't decided how long they're going to sit Leonard for one game on a back-to-back.

"I just wanted to get healthy," Leonard said at the time. "I feel healthy now, and they just don't want to rush into things. I don't either. It's a long season, so we're thinking about the long road."

The Raptors have six more back-to-backs this season - one more in December, three in January and two in March. It's quite the difference from the 2014-15 season, when they had a total of 19 back-to-back games.

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