San Antonio Spurs vs Toronto Raptors: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors

Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, Canada

When: Friday, February 22nd at 7:00 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): ESPN, TSN1/3/4 | TSN Radio 1050 Toronto, WOAI 1200AM

San Antonio Spurs (Away)

Head Coach: Gregg Popovich {All-Time 1230-567 | SAS}

The San Antonio Spurs enter the ball game seventh in the Western Conference, with a record of 33-26. They barely hold a lead on the Los Angeles Clippers but also are within striking distance of the Houston Rockets who are in fifth.

Before the break the Spurs were on a decent run. In their last ten they were 6-4; unfortunately those four losses came consecutively on the road before a redeeming win over the Memphis Grizzlies before the break.

There’s no reprieve for the Spurs yet when they take on the Raptors as the sixth of eight road games separated by the All-Star Break. The Spurs dominated the Raptors in their last meeting in San Antonio but the retooled Raptors are sure to put on a more competitive contest.

Toronto Raptors (Home)

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 43-16 | TOR}

The Toronto Raptors are regrouped and refocused to take on the rest of the season with dangerous intentions. Five players out and three players in, the 43-16 Toronto Raptors are all-in on a Finals appearance this season.

The Toronto Raptors are a mere game back of the Milwaukee Bucks who hold first in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors were on an impressive six game winning streak before the All-Star Break and were overall 7-3 in their last ten games before the break.

The Raptors are sure to want to avenge their earlier loss to the San Antonio Spurs this season. They were handled by the Spurs but are sure to debut their retooled lineup to a more competitive atmosphere. It will be an emotional game with the return of Demar Derozan, the Raptors would do well to drown out what is likely to be a mixed crowd.

What’s At Stake?

Inter-conference rivals, the Raptors and Spurs haven’t met many times over the span of their franchises histories. In 45 games, the San Antonio Spurs lead the Toronto Raptors 33-12 in the all-time series.

A win for the Toronto Raptors would bring them within half a game of gaining first from the Milwaukee Bucks.

A win for the San Antonio Spurs would give them sixth position in the Western Conference.

Questions to answer

What will the Raptors lineup look like?

How will Demar Derozan fare?

We are going to compare the Sea Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

The Raptors Have Bad Luck With Injuries

Kawhi Leonard has been in and out of the lineup, Kyle Lowry has battled back issues all season, and now Fred Vanvleet will likely miss up to five weeks with surgery on his left hand. The Raptors lead the NBA in man-games lost due to injury.

Regardless of their injury luck, the Toronto Raptors are second in the East and have added players to help make a run. Chris Boucher is on a full-contract, Marc Gasol and Jeremy Lin bring veteran productivity, while new ten-day contract Jodie Meeks is sure to want to prove himself after serving a lengthy suspension.

The All-Star Break is exactly what the Toronto Raptors needed to reorganize after such a massive change to the roster and the team is sure to want to hit the floor running going into the last half of the season. Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard have been bright spots all year, the Raptors will be hoping the rest of the team can match their intensity.

The King of the North Returns

Demar Derozan is undoubtedly the best player to ever don the Toronto Raptors jersey. While he does not have the career of some Raptor passersby – Jermaine O’Neal, Shawn Marion, Hakeem Olajuwon – his improvement, success, and passion for the team and city almost guarantee his number 10 will be hanging from the rafters of Scotiabank Arena.

It will be an emotional reunion for Toronto and Derozan on Friday night. When Demar Derozan committed to the Toronto Raptors being his forever home, the rug was pulled from under him and he was traded for Kawhi Leonard. His disappointment was channelled into a tremendous performance in their first meeting, as Derozan posted his first career triple-double.

Since that game against the Raptors, Derozan has struggled. Due to the style of his game he is always prone to some bad shooting nights, but as the primary playmaker when his shot is off and teams don’t pressure him the Spurs grow stagnant. Look for the Spurs to run a similar game plan as their last against the Raptors and get out in transition to create easy opportunities.

San Antonio Spurs Roster Notes

G Dejounte Murray – 13 Feb 2019 – Out For Season (Knee) – Murray is now four months since having surgery to repair his torn ACL, but is still a long way from returning.

G Derrick White – 7 Feb 2019 – Out (Sore Right Heel) – White is expected to return after the All-Star break, according to Jabari Young of The Athletic.

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

F Kawhi Leonard – 13 Feb 2019 – Day To Day (Sore knee) – Leonard did not play in Wednesday’s (Feb. 13) game against the Wizards.

G Patrick McCaw – 13 Feb 2019 – Day To Day (Shoulder) – McCaw did not play in Wednesday’s (Feb 13) game.

G Fred Vanvleet – 13 Feb 2019 – Out (Left Thumb Soreness) – The Raptors announced G Fred VanVleet will undergo surgery on his thumb and miss approximately five weeks.

Head-to-Head: Demar Derozan (SAS) vs Kawhi Leonard (TOR)

Demar Derozan

Shooting Guard | 6-7, 220lb (201cm, 99kg) | USC | Exp. 9 Years

21.4 PPG | 6.1 APG | 6.1 RPG | 1.0 SPG | 0.5 BPG | 2.6 TOV | .463 FG% | .171 3P%

Kawhi Leonard

Small Forward | 6-7, 230lb (201cm, 104kg) | San Diego State | Exp. 7 Years

27.0 PPG | 3.3 APG | 7.7 RPG | 1.9 SPG | 0.4 BPG | 2.1 TOV | .492 FG% | .363 3P%

These two players will forever have a shared history as Demar Derozan enters once home territory as the villain when he takes on Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs got the best of the Raptors in their last meeting and are sure to put together a similar effort in this showing.

Demar Derozan posted an impressive triple-double for the Spurs in their last meeting with the Raptors. Not only is Derozan the primary playmaker for the Spurs, but he is the designated finisher. If Derozan’s teammates can convert with the same efficiency as their last match, it will be tough for the Raptors to finish them.

Kawhi Leonard sat a couple of games before the break to rest his sore knee but looked perfectly fine during the All-Star Game. In his last game against the Spurs Leonard was inefficient. It was a tough match to play with so much pressure surrounding him and he failed the first test. He will get a chance to get his revenge and get back on track with his new squad.

San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors Predictions and Odds

The odds makers have the Toronto Raptors favoured over the San Antonio Spurs by 7.5, with an over/under of 110.