The Charlotte Hornets are in Canada tonight taking on the second-seeded Toronto Raptors after losing to the first-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon. This is a tough stretch of games, but things get easier after tonight.
Originally, it looked like this game might be a surefire Hornets win, with the Raptors sitting comfortably in the second seed in the Eastern Conference and being expected to sit stars Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan like they did against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. But it looks like mostly everyone is available for both teams, with exception to DeMarre Carroll, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Nicolas Batum. Batum's still recovering from a left knee strain.
Al Jefferson will play.
Starting lineups haven't been confirmed, but my guess is we'll see Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lin, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams, and Cody Zeller start for the Hornets. The Raptors will likely roll out Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell, Luis Scola, and Jonas Valanciunas.
The Hornets sit just half a game back of the third seed, and currently sit in the sixth spot. They need this. If both teams are in it to win it, this could be an exciting game.
Also, Bismack Biyombo.
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