Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Phoenix Suns
Records: Raptors (18-26), Suns (29-14)
Where to Watch
Date: Friday, March 26
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: SN One
Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
With all the mayhem swirling before and after the contest, now is a good time to remind you the Raptors snapped their nine-game losing streak with a commanding win over the Denver Nuggets in their last game.
It feels like it has been an eternity since then, with the madness of the trade deadline sending Norman Powell to the Portland Trail Blazers in return for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood, as well as the dust settling on Kyle Lowry rumours, keeping the six-time All-Star in Toronto.
MORE: What does Trent Jr. bring to Raptors? | What does Hood bring to Raptors?
According to TSN's Josh Lewenberg, Trent and Hood will be available for the Raptors and make their debut against the Suns. The two players got into Tampa following the trade on Thursday, and as evidence of the Raptors' Open Gym special, they've already begun to get comfortable at their new facility.
Moment: New Home- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 26, 2021
Open Gym presented by @Bell pic.twitter.com/WLvVt88Pih
Expect Trent to fill in Powell's role in the starting lineup, while Hood should have an opportunity to make contributions off the bench. In unexpected fashion, the team will be without DeAndre' Bembry and Paul Watson due to health and safety protocols, so Trent and Hood may take on a bigger role than expected right away.
Toronto will have its hands full against a Phoenix team that owns the second-best record in the Western Conference.
The Suns were one of the few teams in the league that did not make a move at Thursday's trade deadline, moving forward with their core that has found success this season. Chris Paul has been the floor general we've come to know, averaging 15.9 points and 8.7 assists while stepping up in the clutch whenever need be. Devin Booker is posting a team-best 25.1 points per game and Mikal Bridges has been a Most Improved Player of the Year candidate with numerous career-highs across the board.
Ayton will be Toronto's hardest matchup, who is riding a recent hot stretch over the last three games, averaging 21 points, 11 assists and one block.
Can the Raptors keep building off of their most recent victory and knock off another top team in the West?
Raptors vs. Suns: Betting odds, spread, over/under
Spread: Raptors +4.5 (-110), Suns -4.5 (-110)
Raptors Money line: +165
Suns Money line: -185
Over/under: 224.0 (-110)
*Odds courtesy of William Hill Sports Book
• Mikal Bridges (knee) - Probable
• Abdel Nader (knee) - Out
• Patrick McCaw (knee) - Out
• Paul Watson (health and safety protocols) - Out
• DeAndre' Bembry (health and safety protocols) - Out
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