This afternoon the Toronto Raptors hope to end their 2 game slide as they host the Memphis Grizzlies.
(32-22) Memphis Grizzlies @ (35-18) Toronto Raptors
Probable starting line-ups:
Memphis – PG – Mike Conley SG – Tony Allen C – JaMychal Green SF – Matt Barnes PF – Zach Randolph
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – James Johnson PF – Luis Scola
Memphis – PPG – Marc Gasol 16.6 RPG – Zach Randolph 8.0 APG – Mike Conley 6.1
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 23.4 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 9.4 APG – Kyle Lowry 6.3
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Memphis – PF – 98.4 (25th) PA – 99.1 (6th)
Toronto – PF – 101.9 (15th) PA – 97.7 (5th)
The Memphis Grizzlies are on a 2 game winning streak after a 109-104 victory at home versus the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday evening. Starting point guard Mike Conley led the way with 25 points. He also had 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. He shot 10 of 19 from the field, 3 of 4 from the free throw line, and 2 of 4 from the 3 point line. Starting power forward Zach Randolph netted 17 points. He also had 8 rebounds. He was 8 of 14 from the field and 1 of 2 from the free throw line. Backup shooting guard Vince Carter came off the bench to tally 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. He was 5 of 10 from the field, 2 of 2 from the free throw line, and 3 of 8 from the 3 point line. Starting small forward Matt Barnes contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. He was 2 of 10 from the field, 6 of 6 from the free throw line, and 1 of 4 from the 3 point line. Backup point guard Mario Chalmers chipped in with 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. He shot 2 of 6 from the field, 5 of 6 from the free throw line, and 1 of 1 from the 3 point line. The team shot 48.8% from the field, 78.6% from the free throw line, and 33.3% from the 3 point line. They attempted 28 free throws and made 22 of them. They narrowly out-rebounded their opponent 47-45. They had 13 steals in the game. The forced the T’Wolves in to 20 turnovers. They scored 19 fast break points and 54 points in the paint. They trailed by 5 going in the final period but outscored their opposition 33-23 in the 4th quarter. Today is their 26th road game of the season. They are 12-13 on the road thus far. They are 15-7 versus Eastern Conference opponents this season. Including today they play 4 of their next 5 games on the road. Their next game is Wednesday at home versus the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Toronto Raptors are on a 2 game losing streak after a 116-106 defeat at the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry led the team in scoring with 27 points. He also had 8 assists and 3 rebounds. He shot 9 of 18 from the field, 7 of 8 from the free throw line, and 2 of 7 from the 3 point line. Starting center Jonas Valanciunas tallied a double-double as he poured in 25 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. He was 9 of 14 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Starting shooting guard DeMar DeRozan netted 22 points. He also had 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. He was 6 of 21 from the field, 9 of 10 from the free throw line, and 1 of 3 from the 3 point line. Backup power forward Patrick Patterson contributed with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. He was 5 of 10 from the field and 2 of 4 from the 3 point line. Backup point guard Cory Joseph came off the bench to chip in with 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. He shot 5 of 10 from the field and 1 of 1 from the free throw line. The team shot 43.2% from the field, 73.5% from the free throw line, and 27.8% from the 3 point line. They missed 13 of their 18 attempted 3-point shots. They were out-rebounded 57-54. They had 7 steals and 7 blocks in the game. They only turned the ball over 8 times. They scored 21 fast break points and 50 points in the paint. They had a 6 point lead at halftime but were outscored 64-48 in the 2nd half. Today is their 25th home game of the season. They are 18-6 at home thus far. They are 11-9 versus Western Conference opponents this season. Today is the 1st game of a back to back. Including today they play 10 of their next 12 games at home. Tomorrow evening they play at the New York Knicks.
Today is the first meeting of the season between Memphis and Toronto. Last season the Grizzlies and Raptors split their pair of meetings. After today the 2 teams play 1 more time this season: April 1st at Memphis..
The Grizzlies are without injured Marc Gasol and I think that’s going to hurt them against a very good Raptors club that should be a little disappointed after dropping 2 in a row.
Take the Raptors -7 (1.86) (Bet365)
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