Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Dallas Mavericks
Records: Raptors (27-43), Mavericks (41-29)
Where to Watch
Date: Friday, May 14, 2021
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
On the heels of a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, the Raptors are right back in action as they travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks Friday night.
TAKEAWAYS: Bulls fend off shorthanded Raptors
With a rotation of just seven players on Thursday, Toronto put forth an effort that was more than respectable, highlighted by a career night from Stanley Johnson, who finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals, while also sinking a career-best six triples at a 46.2 percent clip.
35 Pts | 10 Reb | 6 3pm | 5 Ast | 3 Stl- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 14, 2021
- @iAmSJ 😤 pic.twitter.com/wjnT7Fq2aA
Johnson wasn't the only player to have a career night, as rookie Jalen Harris set a new career-high with 17 points, 10 of which came in the opening frame.
#WeTheNorth | @TheJalenHarris pic.twitter.com/G8XzJSwFxp- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 14, 2021
Friday night could mark a homecoming for the rookie, who was born in Dallas and made a name for himself as a standout at Duncanville High School, which is less than 20 minutes away from the American Airlines Center. After playing in Chicago, Harris is listed as doubtful with foot soreness.
After losing Thursday, Toronto is locked into having the seventh-best odds in the upcoming draft lottery and with several of them resting on Thursday Chris Boucher or Gary Trent Jr. could return to the lineup, while OG Anunoby, Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet have been ruled out.
With talent back in the lineup, the Raptors could play spoiler for the Mavericks.
With respect to the postseason, Dallas controls its own destiny. A win over the Raptors Friday night would lock up a top-six seed for the Mavericks, which also means the team avoids the Play-In Tournament that superstar Luka Doncic is admittedly not very fond of.
The 22-year-old Doncic, who is averaging 28.0 points, 8.6 assists and 8.0 rebounds this season, experienced some struggles earlier this season against Toronto, finishing with just 15 points (on 4-for-11 shooting), though he still managed to dish out nine assists and pull down seven rebounds.
Given Nick Nurse's propensity to make life difficult for superstars, expect an exhaustive game plan to slow Doncic down if the Raptors have some of their key guys back in the lineup.
OG Anunoby, calf - Out
Jalen Harris, left foot soreness - Doubtful
Rodney Hood, hand - Out
Kyle Lowry, rest - Out
Pascal Siakam, shoulder - Out
Fred VanVleet, hip - Out
Yuta Watanabe, right ankle soreness - Doubtful
Paul Watson, knee - Out
Maxi Kleber, right Achilles soreness - Out
JJ Redick, right heel soreness - Out
Raptors vs. Mavericks: Betting odds, spread, over/under
Spread: Raptors + 12.0 (-110), Mavericks -12.0 (-110)
Raptors Money line: +625
Mavericks Money line: -950
Over/under: 221.5 (-110)
Courtesy of William Hill Sportsbook .
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