Josh Weinstein

The Toronto Raptors (15-7) have a chance to earn their fifth-straight win when they take on the struggling Memphis Grizzlies (8-16) at 8:00 PM ET inside FedExForum.

While the Raps have been trending in the right direction, the same can’t be said for the Griz, who sit 12th in the Western Conference. Memphis has suffered through injuries yet again this season, with Mike Conley having been out since November 13 with a sore achilles. He’s expected back in two-to-three weeks, but even with his return, the Grizzlies are going to be on the outside looking in of the playoff picture due to the depth of strong Western conference teams alone.

Marc Gasol is the heart and soul of the Grizzlies on both ends of the floor with a threatening inside-out game and high basketball IQ. The Spaniard is by-far the most devastating weapon on the Grizzlies, meaning if the Raptors can limit him, they have a great chance of picking up an easy win.

DeMar DeRozan has done an excellent job of becoming more of a distributor in the Raptors new offence. The all-star has recorded five or more assists in four-straight games - all Raptors wins. Coincidence? Doubt it. If DeRozan can keep on racking up assists at this rate, the Raptors should keep adding W’s in the win column.

Projected starting lineups:

Toronto Raptors

  • PG Kyle Lowry
  • SG DeMar DeRozan
  • SF OG Anunoby
  • PF Serge Ibaka
  • C Jonas Valanciunas

Memphis Grizzlies

  • PG Ben McLemore
  • SG Tyreke Evans
  • SF Dillon Brooks
  • PF JaMychal Green
  • C Marc Gasol

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