Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. San Antonio Spurs
Records: Raptors (21-33), Spurs (26-26)
Where to Watch
Date: Wednesday, April 14
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Less than 24 hours after a late-game rally came up short against the Atlanta Hawks, the Raptors continue a five-game homestand as they host the Spurs.
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In Tuesday's loss to Atlanta, Toronto was led by 30 points, seven assists and six rebounds from Pascal Siakam while Malachi Flynn again stepped up in the absence of Kyle Lowry (rest) and Fred VanVleet (hip) to set a new career-high of 22 points, 12 of which came in the game's last three minutes during a personal 12-0 run.
While VanVleet is serving a one-game league suspension, Lowry will again rest on Wednesday and miss suiting up against his best friend and former teammate, DeMar DeRozan.
DeRozan, who spent the first nine seasons with the Raptors, is averaging 21.2 points and a career-best 7.1 assists for the Spurs this season and is just a few days removed from sinking a game-winning jumper against the Dallas Mavericks to snap a five-game skid on Sunday.
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In San Antonio's most recent outing - a 23-point win over the Orlando Magic on Monday - DeRozan scored a game-high 19 points and was one of six Spurs to score in double figures, exemplifying a balanced offensive attack.
Another efficient night for @DeMar_DeRozan 📊- San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 13, 2021
19 PTS | 6 AST | 7-11 FG pic.twitter.com/xB0stLGqqf
Of course, DeRozan isn't the only familiar face as the Spurs feature two other former Raptors in Rudy Gay and Jakob Poeltl, both of whom have excelled in their respective roles this season.
Gay, who has become San Antonio's sixth man over the past two seasons, is averaging 11.1 points and 5.0 rebounds through 45 games while sinking a career-high 1.7 triples per game at a 39.1 percent clip. Poeltl, who has started in the frontcourt since early February, is averaging career-highs of 8.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game this season.
As Toronto continues to battle injury woes, the extent of its depth will be a key on the second end of a back-to-back, a situation that has been far from kind to the team this year. Following a loss in New York on Sunday, the Raptors are now 1-11 on the second night of back-to-backs this season.
MORE: How have the Raptors fared in back-to-backs?
The team has recently taken the cautious approach with respect to rest as Wednesday night is Toronto's seventh game in 10 days. While remains out of the lineup, it appears that OG Anunoby or Siakam will remain in for Wednesday's contest despite each missing time for that exact reason in the past week.
Toronto will need all the contributions it can get as it remains just two games out of the East's final Play-In spot. It's also a crucial juncture for San Antonio, which is currently one game out of the West's eighth seed and two-and-a-half games back of seventh.
At this point in the year, every game has major postseason implications.
As of 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13
• DeAndre' Bembry (hamstring) - Out
• Jalen Harris (hip) - Out
• Kyle Lowry (rest) - Out
• Gary Trent, Jr. (ankle) - Out
• Fred VanVleet (league suspension) - Out
• Gorgui Dieng (sprained right shoulder) - Out
• Trey Lyles (sprained right ankle) - Out
Raptors vs. Spurs: Betting odds, spread, over/under
Spread: Spurs -4.0 (-110), Raptors +4.0 (-110)
Raptors Money line: +145
Spurs Money line: -165
Over/under: 225.0 (-110)
* Odds courtesy of William Hill Sports Book
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