The Toronto Raptors try to improve their record to 4-0 on the season as they travel to Dallas to take on the 2-1 Mavericks this evening.
(3-0) Toronto Raptors @ (2-1) Dallas Mavericks
Probable starting line-ups:
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – DeMarre Carroll PF – Luis Scola
Dallas – PG – Deron Williams SG – Wesley Matthews C – Zaza Pachulia SF – Chandler Parsons PF – Dirk Nowitzki
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 21.0 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 11.0 APG – Kyle Lowry 7.3
Dallas – PPG – Dirk Nowitzki 17.3 RPG – Zaza Pachulia 10.0 APG – J.J. Barea 5.7
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Toronto – PF – 108.3 (4th) PA – 96.3 (8th)
Dallas – PF – 100.7 (14th) PA – 97.3 (9th)
The Toronto Raptors are now 3-0 after a 106-87 home win versus the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. Starting center Jonas Valanciunas led the team in scoring with 19 points. He also had 8 rebounds and 2 steals. He shot 7 of 12 from the field and 5 of 8 from the free throw line. Backup power forward Patrick Patterson came of the bench to score 16 points. He also had 3 rebounds. He was 6 of 9 from the field and 4 of 5 from the 3 point line. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry notched 15 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals. He shot 5 of 10 from the field, 4 of 4 from the free throw line, and 1 of 5 from the 3 point line. Starting shooting guard DeMar DeRozan contributed with 15 points. He also had 4 assists. He shot 7 of 13 from the field and 1 of 2 from the free throw line. Starting small forward DeMarre Carroll had 14 points. He also had 3 rebounds. He was 5 of 13 from the field, 1 of 2 from the free throw line, and 3 of 8 from the 3 point line. Backup small forward Terrence Ross chipped in with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. He shot 4 of 9 from the field and 3 of 5 from the 3 point line. Starting power forward produced 7 points and 7 rebounds. He was 3 of 9 from the field and 1 of 2 from the free throw line. The team shot 45.6% from the field, 65% from the free throw line, and 44% from the 3 point line. They out-rebounded their opposition 46-33. The Raptors outscored the Bucks in 3 of the 4 quarters; by 5 in the 1st, by 9 in the 2nd, and by 9 in the 4th. Tonight is their 2nd road game of the season. Last season Toronto was 16-14 versus Western Conference opponents. Tonight begins a 4 game road trip. Their next game is tomorrow night at Oklahoma City.
The Dallas Mavericks won their 2nd game of the season they scored a 103-93 decision at the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday evening. Starting power forward Dirk Nowitzki poured in 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. He shot 10 of 13 from the field, 2 of 2 from the free throw line, and 3 of 5 from the 3 point line. Starting center Zaza Pachulia contributed with a double-double as he scored 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. He shot 4 of 8 from the field and 8 of 10 from the free throw line. Starting point guard Deron Williams scored 11 points. He also had 8 assists and 5 rebounds. He was 5 of 12 from the field and 1 of 4 from the 3 point line. Backup point guard Raymond Felton nothced 11 points. He also had 2 rebounds and 2 assists. He shot 5 of 8 from the field and 1 of 2 from the 3 point line. Starting shooting guard Wesley Matthews chipped in with 10 points and 2 rebounds. He shot 3 of 10 from the field, 1 of 2 from the free throw line, and 3 of 8 from the 3 point line. Backup point guard J.J. Barea had 10 points and 7 assists. He also had 3 rebounds. He shot 4 of 7 from the field, 1 of 1 from the free throw line, and 1 of 2 from the 3 point line. Backup power forward had 8 points and 8 rebounds. He also had 2 assists and 2 blocks. He shot 4 of 7 from the field. The team shot 46% from the field, 75% from the free throw line, and 36.7% from the 3 point line. They out-rebounded the Lakers 49-42. They outscored the Lakers 32-21 in the 1st quarter and 27-19 in the 3rd quarter. Tonight is their 1st home game of the season after playing their first 3 games on the road. A season ago they were 27-14 at home. Last season Dallas was 21-9 versus Eastern Conference opponents. Tonight is the first of 3 in a row at home. Their next game is Thursday at home versus the Charlotte Hornets.
Last season Dallas was victorious in both their meetings with Toronto. On November 28th 2014, the Mavericks edged the Raptors in Toronto 106-102. On February 24th 2015, the Mavs grabbed a 99-92 home victory.
The Raptors are looking good thus far, their offense is high powered as they are 4th in the league in scoring. Their defense has also been superb. The only reason I’m taking the Mavericks in this one is because they are at home. Take the Mavericks +1.5 (1.90) (Bet365)
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