Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Records: Raptors (39-14), Timberwolves (16-35)
Where to Watch
Date: Monday, Feb. 10, 2020
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: Sportsnet One (Canada), Fox Sports North or NBA League Pass (USA)
Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
The Toronto Raptors look to extend their franchise-record 14-game win streak when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
The Raptors, who haven't lost since Jan. 12, have averaged 120.1 points over the last 14 games while shooting 49.9% from the field and 39.9% from 3.
All-Star Pascal Siakam, the only starter to appear in all 14 games of the streak, has averaged 20.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists during the span. Serge Ibaka, who has appeared in all 14 (eight starts), has stepped up by averaging 17.4 points, and 6.6 rebounds while Fred VanVleet has averaged 17.8 points and 6.7 assists in 12 of the 14 games.
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In Toronto's most recent win, a one-point nail biter over the Brooklyn Nets, VanVleet erupted for a team-high 29 points while shooting 11-for-20 from the field and 4-for-9 from beyond the arc. Siakam and undrafted rookie Terence Davis each finished with 20 points apiece but the unsung hero was undrafted rookie Matt Thomas, who finished with a career-high 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting.
Davis was inserted in the lineup in place of All-Star Kyle Lowry, who missed the game with whiplash. Thomas moved up in the rotation because of Davis' start and answered the call. The undrafted trio of Davis, Thomas and VanVleet combined to score 64 of Toronto's 119 points.
👏 @FredVanVleet leads the @Raptors to their 14th straight win with a team-high 29 PTS, 6 AST! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/xEe2zjB11f- NBA (@NBA) February 9, 2020
With Lowry listed as questionable for Monday, these three could again be looked upon to step up to help fill the void he leaves. Toronto has adopted a next-man-up mentality all season.
The new-look Timberwolves couldn't be much more of an opposite of the Raptors. After a busy trade deadline, Minnesota finally snapped a 13-game losing skid on Saturday as it put on a shooting clinic in a dominant win over the LA Clippers.
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Led by a near triple-double from Karl-Anthony Towns (22 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists), the Wolves sank a franchise-record 26 triples as they earned a 142-115 win on Saturday.
Trade deadline acquisition Malik Beasley finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 7-for-13 from deep while undrafted rookie Jordan McLaughlin finished with 24 points and 11 assists as he started in place of trade deadline acquisition D'Angelo Russell, who was sidelined with a quad contusion.
Russell, the piece that is expected to complement the talented Towns, is listed as questionable for Monday's tilt.
With so many new bodies, it's hard to tell what to expect from Minnesota based on recent trends but Saturday's big win over a title contender shows that it is a team that is hungry and has the ability to compete with the best, although 26 triples are far from the norm.
It ultimately begins and ends with Towns, who was limited to just 12 points the first time the Wolves played the Raptors thanks in part to the defence of Marc Gasol. With Gasol still sidelined, Ibaka will be tasked with slowing down Towns, a job that will ultimately be a team effort.
Can Toronto keep rolling? Or is another statement in store for this new-look Minnesota squad?
- Marc Gasol (hamstring) - Out
- Dewan Hernandez (ankle) - Out
- Serge Ibaka (illness) - Out
- Kyle Lowry (neck) - Available
- Norman Powell (shoulder) - Out
- Jake Layman (toe) - Out
- D'Angelo Russell (quad) - Available
- Evan Turner (not with team) - Out
- Toronto has won 15 consecutive games against Minnesota at home. The Timberwolves last win in Toronto came on Jan. 21, 2004.
Last Time They Played
Date: Jan. 18, 2020
Score: Raptors 122, Timberwolves 112
Raptors: Fred VanVleet - 29 PTS (11-16 FG, 7-8 3FG), 4 STL, 3 REB, 2 AST
Timberwolves: Andrew Wiggins - 18 PTS (6-14 FG), 11 AST, 10 REB
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