From NBA.com: Backed by their strong play on the defensive end, the Toronto Raptors are on the verge of moving seven games over .500 for the first time in six years.
They could reach that mark against the Cleveland Cavaliers, whose offensive struggles began with Toronto ending their longest winning streak in nearly four years.
The Raptors go for their sixth win in seven games as they try to beat the short-handed Cavaliers for the second time in less than a week Tuesday night in Cleveland.
Atlantic Division-leading Toronto (31-25) has tightened things up defensively, allowing 90.2 points per game – 6.3 below its season average – in its last five. That’s a big reason the Raptors could climb seven games above .500 for the first time since being 32-25 on Feb. 29, 2008.
Raptors:Kyle Lowry (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Terrence Ross (F), Amir Johnson (F), Jonas Valanciunas (C)
Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving (G), Jarrett Jack (G), Luol Deng (F), Tristan Thompson (F), Tyler Zeller (C)
Raptors: Amir Johnson – sore right ankle (questionable)
Cavaliers: Carrick Felix – left patellar stress fracture (out), C.J. Miles – left ankle sprain (TBD), Anderson Varejao – sore back (TBD), Dion Waiters – left knee hyperextension (TBD)
By The Numbers: Raptors vs. Cavaliers
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Last Time They Met: Raptors 98, Cavaliers 91 - Feb. 21st, 2014