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

Who's Playing

Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Utah Jazz

Records: Raptors (17-23), Jazz (29-11)

Where to Watch

Date: Friday, March 19

Time: 8:00 p.m.

TV: Sportsnet

Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL

Game Preview

Losers of six straight, the Raptors are back in action on Friday as they host the Jazz, who still own the league's top record despite losing four of their last six.

Toronto, which has been forced to play shorthanded for the better part of the last three weeks, will look more like itself on Friday as all signs indicate that OG Anunoby will be returning to action. In the Raptors' most recent outing, they welcomed Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet back into the lineup after each player missed extended time due to the league's health and safety protocols.

As expected, there was some rust as Siakam and VanVleet combined to shoot 5-for-24 from the field as Toronto fell to the Detroit Pistons for the second time this month. The highlight of the Raptors' loss was without a doubt Norman Powell, who continued his recent tear by erupting for a career-high 43 points (on 14-for-18 shooting) but it ultimately wasn't enough as Toronto fell by four points.

TAKEAWAYS: Pistons spoil Powell's career night

While rust is to be expected in Anunoby's impending return, head coach Nick Nurse remarked that the 23-year-old looked good in his first practice action in over two weeks.

Anunoby's boost on both ends of the floor will be a welcomed addition against a Jazz team that ranks in the league's top five in both offensive and defensive rating.

While Utah has been dominant throughout the 2020-21 NBA season, the team is going through a relatively rough patch and is coming off of a 131-122 loss to the Washington Wizards on Thursday. Offensively, it was a superlative night for a few members of the Jazz, as All-Star Donovan Mitchell finished with a season-high 42 points and Joe Ingles knocked down eight triples en route to setting a new career-high with 34 points.

Outside of that duo, however, the team shot 16-for-49 (32.7 percent) from the field and 6-for-26 (23.1 percent) from beyond the arc. All-Star Rudy Gobert, who finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds, indicated following the loss that the team needs to remain focused.

Against Washington, Utah was without All-Star point guard Mike Conley, who was held out for rest purposes on the front end of a back-to-back. As the Jazz should welcome their All-Star guard back, it's worth noting that they are 6-2 following losses this season and 5-1 on the second end of back-to-backs.

The Raptors will have their work cut out for them as they look to get back on track.

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

Spread: Raptors +5.0 (-110), Jazz -5.0 (-110)

Raptors Money line: +175

Jazz Money line: -200

Over/under: 230.5 (-110)

*Odds courtesy of William Hill Sports Book

Injury Report

The NBA has yet to release the official injury report for Friday, March 13

Raptors

While more official updates are to come, the team's Thursday injury report featured no players.

Jazz

Udoka Azubuike (severe sprained right ankle) - Out

Rudy Gobert (left hip contusion) - Questionable

Last Time They Played

Date: March 9, 2020

Score: Raptors 101, Jazz 92

Raptors: Pascal Siakam - 27 PTS (9-18 FG), 11 REB, 8 AST

Jazz: Joe Ingles - 20 PTS (8-12 FG), 6 AST, 5 REB

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