28 Nov

Toronto Raptors

NBA Championships: 1

Last NBA Championship: 2019

Claim to Fame: Vinsanity. Vince Carter won a Slam Dunk competition and earned five All-Star invitations during his time in Toronto.

Claim to Shame: The Raptors were eliminated three straight seasons to LeBron-led teams from 2016-to-2018.

Since entering the league as an expansion franchise in 1995, the Toronto Raptors and their rabid fan base have seen some high highs and some low lows.

As an expansion team, who could forget the Damon Stoudemire and spare parts Dinos upsetting Michael Jordan and the Bulls – in their record-setting 72-win season, no less?

Their trajectory was still rising when, just a few years later, the team made a draft day trade to acquire Vince Carter. The North Carolina product shook the league upon arrival, and with Vinsanity at the helm, the Raptors were on the cusp of something great, just missing a Conference Finals berth in 2001, losing to Philadelphia.

A messy breakup ended that era, but more hope was around the corner in 2003 when the franchise drafted Chris Bosh. While he emerged into a true superstar, he left in 2010 to join LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami, leaving the franchise in shambles.

It wasn’t until this latest iteration, headlined by DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, did the team return to prominence and enjoy its greatest years. Last season, they peaked at a franchise-best 59 wins, securing the top seed in the East. However, they were swept in the second round by LeBron and the Cavs – the third straight year their season ended that way.

Sweeping changes occurred. Gone was the winningest coach in history, Dwane Casey, and dealt was the team’s all-time leading scorer DeMar DeRozan for a package that included Kawhi Leonard.

While the team felt the outrage from its fans, it was widely recognized that the 2014 Finals MVP was, if healthy, a massive upgrade over DeRozan, who was a second-team all-NBA player a year ago.

Much depends on Leonard’s health, but with Lowry, and young rising stars Fred VanVleet, Delon Wright and OG Anunoby, the Raps are one of a handful of teams favored to come out of the East.

ATS Record

Overall Home Away
29-22-0 16-10-0 13-12-0

Over/Under Record

Overall Home Away
28-23-0 15-11-0 13-12-0

Team defense

Type Rank Season Stats
PPG 5 106.1
FG % 2 0.4
3P % 8 0.3
DREB 11 35.6
BPG 16 4.9
SPG 2 8.8

Team offense

Type Rank Season Stats
PPG 11 112.8
APG 9 25.7
FG % 16 0.5
3P % 7 0.4
OREB 19 9.9
TO 11 14.4

Team standings

Name Record Div Record Streak
BK 23-27-0 4-7-0 2W
BOS 35-15-0 7-5-0 5W
NY 15-36-0 2-10-0 2W
PHI 31-20-0 9-4-0 3L
TOR 37-14-0 7-3-0 12W
Nets 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

Team leaders

Name Score Achievement
Pascal Siakam 24 Points
Serge Ibaka 8 Rebounds
Kyle Lowry 7 Assists
Fred VanVleet 2 Steals
Marc Gasol 1 Blocks

Injury reports

Player Injury Status Notes
Marc Gasol Hamstring out Gasol has been held out of the previous three games with left hamstring tightness. He will not draw back into the lineup against the Pacers on Wednesday. Lasted Updated: 02/04/2020
Dewan Hernandez Ankle out Hernandez is out of commission with a right ankle sprain, and it is uncertain if he will return to the court Wednesday against the Pacers. Lasted Updated: 02/03/2020
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Ankle questionable Hollis-Jefferson has sat out the past four games due to a right ankle sprain, and it is unclear if he will return to the court Wednesday against the Pacers. Lasted Updated: 02/02/2020
Malcolm Miller Neck questionable Miller has missed the last three games due to a neck strain, and it is uncertain for Wednesday's matchup against the Pacers. Lasted Updated: 02/02/2020
Norman Powell Hand out Powell will miss an undetermined period due to a fractured fourth metacarpal in his left hand. Lasted Updated: 02/01/2020
SBT's score