Toronto Raptors Look to Avoid 3 Game Losing Streak Against Los Angeles Lakers

The Toronto Raptors return to the court tonight in a Friday night showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Raptors finally conclude their 5 game road trip and will return home to the Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday. The Raptors have unfortunately dug themselves into a 2 game losing streak during this all important stretch to make the playoffs.

The Raptors lost to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night in a final score of 108-100. The Raptors cannot afford to go on a losing streak during this important stretch to make the playoffs. After tonight’s game against the Lakers, there will only be 14 games left to play for the Raptors this season. With the Raptors sitting at the brink of a play-in spot, every win matters, as there are only a few wins separating the Raptors from the Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, and Indiana Pacers. The race is tight, so if the Raptors lose tonight and go a 3 game losing streak, this streak could very well cost the Raptors their playoff hopes.

The Lakers and Raptors both have near-identical records, meaning this will be a matchup between even-strength teams. The Raptors need to be the stronger team in this game, as the Lakers are in the same situation as the Raptors, as the Lakers themselves are also fighting to keep their play-in hopes alive.

It won’t get easier when the Raptors return home on Tuesday, as their first opponent of their 3 game homestand is against the Denver Nuggets, a top team in the NBA and a team the Raptors just lost to on Monday in a final score of 118-113.

Despite the losing streak, the Raptors have elected to keep the same starting lineup, which consists of VanVleet, Barnes, Anunoby, Siakam, and Poeltl.

Tonight’s game will start at 7:30 pm (PST). This is an extremely game for the Raptors, so make sure to tune in to watch this all important game.

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