Toronto currently sits 1.5 games ahead of Charlotte in the Eastern Conference standings so this game is an important one. The Raptors played that game without Fred VanVleet but got the win behind a combined 56 points from Gary Trent Jr. and OG Anunoby on 19-of-35 shooting. Big man Chris Boucher plays around 20 minutes per game and averages 9.1 points and 5.9 rebounds, but he’s as inconsistent as any player in the NBA. Point guard Dalano Banton, shooting guard Svi Mykhailiuk, and center Khem Birch round out the rotation. Toronto prefers to slow things down and their pace of 96.3 ranks 26th in the NBA.
One of the keys to victory could be the Hornets pushing the pace and trying to tire out the Raptors starters, all of whom average somewhere between 34.9 and 38.7 minutes per game.