Matchup: Oklahoma City Thunder at Toronto Raptors
Records: Thunder (42-30), Raptors (51-21)
Where to Watch
Date: March 22
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
Two days after playing each other for the first time, the Raptors and Thunder will meet for the second and final time this regular season.
Wednesday's matchup between the two teams turned out to be a thriller. The Raptors led comfortably with a couple of minutes to spare in regulation, but nine straight points from Paul George followed by a layup from Russell Westbrook helped the Thunder force an extra period.
The Raptors took an early lead in overtime thanks to a couple of baskets from Marc Gasol and Kawhi Leonard and never looked back, eventually winning by a final score of 123-114.
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With the loss, the Thunder moved to 42-30 on the season, giving them the same record as the Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs and the LA Clippers in the bottom half of the Western Conference playoff picture. If the season ended today, they would face the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs.
The Raptors, meanwhile, moved within two games of the Bucks at the top of the Eastern Conference standings with the win. It might be too late for them to ultimately catch the Bucks at No. 1, but they have the benefit of owning the easiest remaining schedule in the league.
After Friday's contest, the Nets are the only opponent the Raptors will face the rest of the season that currently has a winning record.
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As of Thursday night, Kyle Lowry is the only player on the Raptors side expected to miss Friday's rematch as he continues to recover from an ankle sprain he suffered against the New York Knicks on Monday. Lowry said after that game that he'll "be alright."
For the Thunder, Andre Roberson (who has not played yet this season) is the only player who will not be in the lineup.
Fred VanVleet has impressed since returning from injury. He's averaging 17.7 points and 7.3 assists on 54.3 percent shooting from the field and 52.9 percent from 3-point range over his last three games.
VanVleet has started the last two games at point guard for the injured Kyle Lowry.
Pascal Siakam scored a team-high 33 points against the Thunder in the first matchup. It marked his fourth 30-point game of the season.
The Thunder are currently on a four-game losing streak, tied for their longest this season. They have the fourth-hardest remaining schedule in the league, according to Tankathon.
The Thunder have won their last three games against the Raptors in Toronto.
The Raptors are 21-7 against Western Conference teams this season. That marks a single-season franchise record, surpassing last year's total of 19 victories.
This will be the 30th time that the Raptors have played the same opponent in consecutive games in franchise history. Toronto has won both games seven times, lost both games nine times and split the games 13 times.
Last Time They Played
Date: March 20, 2019 (box score)
Score: Raptors 123, Thunder 114 (OT)
Raptors: Pascal Siakam - 33 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals
Thunder: Russell Westbrook - 42 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal