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Toronto Raptors

Breaking down the remaining games on the Toronto Raptors schedule

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Toronto Raptors (NBA Getty Images)

Heading into the final stretch of the regular season, the Toronto Raptors have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference at 43-16.

The only team ahead of them in the standings is the Milwaukee Bucks, who have a 43-14 record. That gives the Bucks a one game cushion on the Raptors, although they also hold the tiebreaker should both teams finish with the same record after winning the season series 3-1.

Will the Raptors catch up with the Bucks in the standings? Are there other teams they should worry about? Let's take a closer look at the rest of their schedule to get an idea of what to expect.

Remaining Games

The Raptors have 23 games remaining between now and the end of the regular season - 12 at home, 11 on the road. The furthest West they travel is Oklahoma City, which is only one time zone behind.

They have four games remaining on their homestand that began before the All-Star break, including DeMar DeRozan's return to Toronto on Friday, Feb. 22. Their next-longest homestand will take place between March 22 and March 26, when they host the Thunder, Hornets and Bulls.

As for the away games, the Raptors have a couple of two-game road trips and one three-game road trip.

They have a back-to-back on that three-game road trip, starting with a trip to Miami to take on the Heat on March 10, followed by one to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers on March 11.

They'll play their only remaining back-to-back a week later, when they go up against the Pistons in Detroit (March 17) and the Knicks in Toronto (March 18).

Strength of Schedule

The combined winning percentage of Toronto's remaining opponents is 45.0 percent, per Tankathon, the lowest in the league. The Thunder, Celtics, Blazers and Rockets are among their toughest remaining opponents.

The Bucks and 76ers aren't far ahead of them, but the Celtics have the sixth-hardest remaining schedule based on the winning percentage of their opponents.

Not only do the Celtics play the Raptors, Bucks, Warriors and Nuggets one more time each, they have two important games against the Pacers, who are currently a game ahead of them in the standings.

Click here for more on the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Projected Record

FiveThirtyEight projects the Raptors to finish with a 60-22 record, the second-best in the Eastern Conference behind the Bucks.

Team Rankings projects the Raptors to finish with a 59-23 record and gives them a 14.6 percent chance at getting the No. 1 seed.

Inpredictable gives the Raptors a 10.0 percent chance of being a No. 1 seed, an 86.0 percent chance of being a No. 2 seed and a 3.0 percent chance of being a No. 3 seed.

Key Games

San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors - Feb. 22

DeMar DeRozan returns to Toronto for the first time since he was traded to the Spurs in the offseason.

Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors - Feb. 26

The Celtics and Raptors meet for the final time this regular season, with Boston holding a 2-1 season series lead.

Houston Rockets at Toronto Raptors - March 5

The Rockets and Raptors combined for a thriller in Toronto last season and now feature two MVP candidates in James Harden and Kawhi Leonard.

Los Angeles Lakers at Toronto Raptors - March 14

A Lakers team hungry to make the playoffs makes its only trip of the season to Toronto, where LeBron James has a history of playing well.

Toronto Raptors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - March 20 and March 22

A showdown between two teams hoping to make a run at the Finals this season.

Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors - April 7

Future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade plays the final game of his career in Toronto.

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