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By: Josh Weinstein
After losing a heartbreaking 115-109 loss to Minnesota just over a week ago, the Toronto Raptors get another shot at the upstart Timberwolves Tuesday night at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors are hoping their home court advantage will provide the difference this time around and help even the season series with the Timberwolves at one game apiece. It’s worth noting Minnesota enters tonight’s tilt on the second night of a back-to-back, so battling fatigue could become a factor for Tom Thibodeau’s squad, particularly the team’s starting five.
Remember, last time these two teams met the game was played on the second night of a back-to-back for Toronto. This time, it’s the other way around, as Toronto enters as the more well-rested team prior to tip-off. Keep an eye out for Kyle Lowry. The Raptors all-star point guard dropped 40 points against Minny last week and is surely looking for another big-time scoring performance against them.
Andrew Wiggins went off for a team-high 29 points in last week’s win. If I was a betting man, I’d definitely wager against Wiggins having a repeat performance of that caliber. The Canadian youngster isn’t exactly the most consistent player in the league, and you never know what you might get from him production-wise on any given night. Rather than pay close attention to Wiggins, the Raptors need to figure out a way to stop Jimmy Butler. The star shooting guard didn’t play when the Wolves hosted Toronto last week. Toronto should have an even tougher time defensively tonight with Jimmy Buckets good to go.
Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM ET. Here are the projected starting lineups: