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Raptors at Timberwolves Game #54

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The Wolves host the Raptors in the last game before the All-Star break.

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Raptors at Wolves
7:00 pm CST
FS North

Short and sweet tonight.

The Raps are in town riding a massive hot streak in which they have won 14 of their last 15 to pull within two games of the Cavs at the top of the Eastern Conference. Both Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are averaging over 20 a night and the back court is the offensive focal point of the team. The Raps are 3rd in the league in 3P% despite being 22nd in attempts, with Lowry leading the way and Luis Scola and Terrence Ross contributing good shooting from beyond the arc.

The free throw line will be an interesting and perhaps telling story in tonight's game, as the Raps have one of the best free throw differentials in the league. They have taken 280 more FTAs than their opponents, while the Wolves are +150. The Raps rarely foul, while the Wolves get to the line the 2nd most in the league, so getting whistles is going to be very important for the home team.

The Wolves are coming off a horrific loss to the Pelicans that followed two somewhat promising wins, and will be without Tayshaun Prince, who is missing tonight's game for personal reasons. Zach LaVine will start at shooting guard tonight with Andrew Wiggins moving to the three spot. This is something many have wanted to see, so we'll see how it goes.

It would be nice to get a big win heading into the break, but the Raps are a formidable opponent.

Expected lineups

Raptors

Kyle Lowry
DeMar DeRozan
Norman Powell
Luis Scola
Jonas Valanciunas

Wolves

Ricky Rubio
Zach LaVine
Andrew Wiggins
Gorgui Dieng
Karl-Anthony Towns

Our blogging buddies are over at Raptors HQ. Be excellent.

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Enjoy. Chat. Go.