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Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets: Game preview, injury report, TV channel, start time and odds

Who's Playing?

Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets

Records: Raptors (16-17), Rockets (11-19)

Where to Watch

Date: Friday, Feb. 26

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV: TSN 4 / TSN 5 (Canada), AT&T Sportsnet Southwest or NBA League Pass (NBA League Pass)

Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL

Game Preview

Despite a recent two-game losing streak, things are looking up for the Raptors, who have climbed back up the Eastern Conference standings after a rough start to the season.

Even in its recent losses to the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat - on back-to-back nights, no less - Toronto has looked much more like the teams of years past, putting forth valiant late-game rallies down the stretch of each game to make its opponent sweat a bit.

In Wednesday's loss to the Heat, the Raptors welcomed Kyle Lowry back into the lineup after a four-game absence. The six-time All-Star really didn't miss a beat, finishing with 24 points (on 9-for-13 shooting), eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals in 35 minutes of action.

While Lowry thrived, early foul trouble resulted in a rough night for Pascal Siakam, who scored just five points (on 1-for-6 shooting) in 24 minutes of action. Siakam will look to get back on track against a Houston team that has allowed an average of 50.4 points in the paint over its last five games.

The month of February has been rough for the Rockets, who enter Friday night's meeting having lost nine in a row. It's not much of a coincidence that Houston's last win came the last time that standout centre Christian Wood was in the lineup, as he has missed the last nine games with a sprained right ankle.

Wood will miss his 10th consecutive game on Friday.

In Wood's absence, John Wall has paced Houston's offence, averaging 23.4 points and 6.5 assists while appearing in eight of the team's last nine games.

As a team, the Rockets have struggled on both ends of the floor during this nine-game skid, posting a league-worst offensive rating of 101.9 and the seventh-worst defensive rating at 116.8 for that stretch.

Friday night marks a great opportunity for the Raptors to get back on track and build momentum with just four games remaining until the All-Star break.

Injury Report

Per the NBA's Official Injury Report at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25

Raptors

Jalen Harris (G League assignment) - Out

Pascal Siakam (health and safety protocols) - Out

Rockets

Dante Exum (right calf strain) - Out

Kenyon Martin Jr. (G League assignment) - Out

Kevin Porter Jr. (G League assignment) - Out

Christian Wood (right ankle sprain) - Out

Raptors vs. Rockets: Betting odds, spread, over/under

Spread: Raptors -7.5 (-110), Rockets +7.5 (+110)

Raptors Money Line: -300

Rockets Money line: +250

Over/under: 222.5 (-110/-105)

* Odds courtesy of William Hill Sports Book

Last Time They Played

Date: Dec. 5, 2019

Score: Rockets 119, Raptors 109

Rockets: Russell Westbrook - 19 PTS (7-27 FG), 13 REB, 11 AST, 2 STL

Raptors: Pascal Siakam - 24 PTS (9-22 FG), 9 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL

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