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Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets: Game preview, TV channel, injury report, start time

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Kawhi Leonard (NBA Getty Images)

Who's Playing

Matchup: Charlotte Hornets at Toronto Raptors

Records: Hornets (33-39), Raptors (51-22)

Where to Watch

Date: March 24

Time: 6:00 p.m. ET

TV: TSN

Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN

Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON

Game Preview

24 hours following a matchup with the Boston Celtics, the Hornets will be in Toronto to take on the Raptors.

The Hornets still have a lot to play for this season. Following their win over the Celtics on Saturday, in which Kemba Walker sparked a huge run with 18 points in the fourth quarter, they trail the Orlando Magic in ninth place of the Eastern Conference standings by 1.5 games and the Miami Heat in eighth place by 2.5 games.

The Hornets have a tougher remaining schedule than both the Magic and Heat, making every game between now and the end of the regular season a must-win.

It's the opposite case for the Raptors. Not only have they clinched a playoff berth already, they have the league's easiest remaining schedule.

Even so, the Raptors will be looking to finish the season on a strong note to build momentum for the playoffs.

Notes

As of Saturday evening, Kyle Lowry is listed as questionable with a sprained ankle. He has missed two straight games with the injury.

Now back from injury, Fred VanVleet started in place of Lowry in both of Toronto's matchups with the Thunder this week, scoring 23 points in the win and eight points in the loss.

VanVleet has been more effective as a starter this season. Whereas he's averaging 13.6 points per game on 42.8 percent shooting from the field when he starts, he's averaging only 8.7 points on 38.9 percent shooting when he comes off the bench.

Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 37 points against the Thunder on Friday. He now has 22 30-point games this season, tying him with Bradley Beal for eighth-most in the league.

Kemba Walker is one of the players who have had more 30-point games than Leonard. He has 23 following Saturday's win over the Celtics.

Beal (25.9) is the only guard in the Eastern Conference scoring more points per game than Walker (25.2) this season.

The Hornets enter Sunday's game on a two-game winning streak.

Last Time They Played

Date: Oct. 22, 2018

Score: Raptors 127, Hornets 106

Raptors: Kawhi Leonard - 22 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals

Hornets: Kemba Walker - 26 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal

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