By: Josh Weinstein
Two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams from a season ago get set to clash at the Air Canada Centre, when the Toronto Raptors (5-3) return home for the first time in over two weeks to host the Washington Wizards (4-4). Sunday’s game tips off at 6PM ET and is the first of three straight for Toronto at home.
Last season, the Raptors held a slight edge in the season series against the Wizards, winning two of three meetings.
There are a few potential player absences to note ahead of tip-off.
John Wall suffered a shoulder injury last time out against the Cavaliers, so his status for tonight’s game remains murky. While he’s officially listed as questionable against the Raptors, expect the Washington to air on the side of caution with their star point guard, especially this early in the season. If he’s not 100 percent, there’s no point of putting him in a situation that could potentially worsen the injury.
Washington’s offence will take a big hit if Wall isn’t able to go. With Wall in the lineup, the Wizards score the third-most points per game in the league at 113.5. In eight games this season, Wall has averaged 20.5 PPG and 10.4 APG.
If Wall doesn’t play, look for Kyle Lowry to have an offensive field day against the guard combination of Tim Frazier and Tomas Satoransky. Lowry showed signs of heating up against Utah on Friday, so we’ll see if he can continue that during the Raps’ homestand.
C.J. Miles missed the Raptors last game in Utah due to an illness. He’s listed as day-to-day prior to game-time.
Here are Sunday’s projected starting lineups:
- PG Kyle Lowry
- SG DeMar DeRozan
- SF Norman Powell
- PF Serge Ibaka
- C Jonas Valanciunas
- PG John Wall (Tim Frazier could start if Wall sits)
- SG Bradley Beal
- SF Otto Porter
- PF Markieff Morris
- C Marcin Gortat