Preview and Prediction: San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors

The San Antonio Spurs (16-21) will continue their road trip — this is their third game of the four-game trip — against the Toronto Raptors (25-13). The Spurs had impressive wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics before losing to the Memphis Grizzlies last time out. The Raptors have been hammered by injuries as of late and are 4-5 in their last nine games. Although, last game, they won on the road against the Charlotte Hornets.

DeMar DeRozan Back in Toronto

DeMar DeRozan is sure to get a warm welcome when the Spurs face the Raptors north of the border. Raptors fans still love him and will let him know it. If anything, the fact that they won the championship after trading him away only made their love for him grow.

Last year in Toronto, the Raptors beat the Spurs 120-117. In that game, DeRozan had a team-high 23 points along with a team-high eight assists.

Toronto Raptors Injury Update

While the Raptors have been derailed by injuries at times this season, some of their main guns are on their way back. While Fred VanVleet is out tonight with a hamstring injury, Norman Powell is available to play after being out since Dec. 18.

Additionally, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol are both listed as questionable and it’s possible that one or both could suit up and give it a go. Both Siakam and Gasol have been sidelined with injuries for more than three weeks. Siakam has dealt with a groin injury, while Gasol has had a hamstring injury.

Hottest Players on the San Antonio Spurs 

In his last ten games, DeMar DeRozan is averaging 27.2 points, 5.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds, while shooting 63.8% from the field, 42.9% from three-point range and 89.7% at the line. 

LaMarcus Aldridge, in his last nine games, is averaging 20.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 blocks, while connecting on 53.1% of his shots from the field, 59.1% of his threes and 92.3% of his freebies.

In his last 11 games, Dejounte Murray has quietly been producing at a high clip. In 26.8 minutes per game, he’s putting up 11.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 rebounds, while shooting 55.4% from the field, 55.6% from three-point range and 77.8% at the line.

Prediction: Spurs at Raptors

The Raptors are the strong favorites at home. Oddsmakers believe the Raptors will win by a final score of 112-108. I’ll predict the Spurs will continue their good play against good teams and pull out a tight one.

San Antonio Spurs – 117
Toronto Raptors – 115