Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Dallas Mavericks
Records: Raptors (36-15); Mavericks (22-26)
Where to Watch
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Radio: TSN 1050
Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
After losing a close one to the Rockets Friday, the Raptors try to avoid going winless on their three-game road trip as they travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks Sunday night.
In Friday's loss, Toronto was led by 32 points from Kawhi Leonard and a 22-point, 12-rebound double-double from Pascal Siakam. After trailing by as many as 22 points on the night, the Raptors staged a furious comeback and had an opportunity to win the game late, but ultimately came up short.
Danny Green also finished with 22 points Friday, but the struggles of his backcourt mate Kyle Lowry continued, as he finished with just nine points (on 2-for-9 shooting) to go along with 11 assists and four rebounds. The play of Lowry, who is averaging 11.0 points on 34.5 percent shooting from the field in Jan., is a major key to the Raptors' success moving.
Toronto, who has a league-best 36 wins on the season, has an impressive 15-11 record on the road this season. The team's win total on the road is second most in the league behind only the Warriors.
Dallas, on the other hand, has an impressive 18-6 record at American Airlines Center this season, giving them one of the best home-court advantages in the league.
The difference is almost night-and-day: at home, the Mavericks boast an Offensive Rating of 112.0 and a Defensive Rating of 106.4 for a Net Rating of 5.6. On the road, the team's Offensive Rating plummets to 104.7 while their Defensive Rating soars to 110.5 for a -5.8 Net Rating.
The Mavs have won two straight at home, with its most recent win coming Friday night over the Pistons. In Friday's game, Dallas was led by rookie sensation Luka Doncic, who finished the night with 32 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Doncic, the favourite to win Rookie of the Year in 2019, is averaging 20.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.3 rebounds in 47 games, putting him on pace to join the elusive 20-5-5 club as a rookie.
Along with Doncic, the Mavericks will lean on free agent acquisition DeAndre Jordan, Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith Jr., who returned to the team last week, against the Raptors tonight.
With Dallas being such an impressive team at home, Sunday night's game could go in a much different direction than the first meeting between the teams early this season.
Dallas will be without J.J. Barea, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury on Jan.12.
For the Raptors, Danny Green is listed as probable with hand soreness while Jonas Valanciunas remains out.
The Raptors have an opportunity to sweep the season series against Dallas for the fifth time in franchise history and the fourth time in past six years.
The home team has won three straight meetings between Dallas and Toronto
Toronto has an Eastern Conference-best 14 wins against Western Conference teams. After Sunday's game, Toronto will have just three Western Conference road games remaining on the schedule - at New Orleans (March 8), at Oklahoma City (March 20) and at Minnesota (April 9).
The Raptors need two more wins against the West to ensure a winning record against the opposite conference for a sixth consecutive season.
The Mavericks are 16-6 all-time at home against Toronto and are 18-6 at home this season.
Last Time They Played
Date: Oct. 26, 2018
Score: Raptors 116, Mavericks 107
Raptors: Kawhi Leonard - 21 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals
Mavericks: DeAndre Jordan - 18 points, 15 rebounds, five assists