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Wizards vs. Raptors preview: Washington looks to beat Toronto on the road

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Wednesday, February 13 at 7:30 pm Eastern Time
Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada
TV: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: John Wall (Out, Heel), Dwight Howard (Out, Back), Troy Brown Jr. (Out, Anke), Satoransky (Day-to-day, personal)

Raptors: Fred VanVleet (Out, Thumb)

What to Watch for

The Raptors are hot right now

Toronto is the second-best team in the Eastern Conference with a 42-16 record, and they have won five straight coming into this game. Kawhi Leonard is leading the way in points (27.0) and steals (1.9) per game. Besides containing Leonard, the Wizards need to guard Kyle Lowry who is averaging a team-high of 9.1 assists per game this season and shooting 47.1 percent from deep over the Raptors’ five-game win streak.

Bobby Portis continuing to contribute

Portis is making up for lost time in a big way. He only played in nine games between the start of the season and January 4. On January 6, he put up 17 points and 5 rebounds in his first game back with Chicago. He followed it up with a string of solid performances until he got traded to Washington last week.

He has carried that spark over to the Wizards. He’s averaging 21.3 points per game on 54.3 percent shooting from the field while making 10 of his 18 shots from deep since joining Washington last week. They’ll need more of his

Jeremy Lin could make his debut against the Wizards on Wednesday

Lin is no longer with the Atlanta Hawks after completing a buyout with the team on Monday. He announced he will join the Raptors once he clears waivers. The point guard is averaging 10.7 points and 3.5 assists per game, numbers comparable to what Fred VanVleet posted before injuring his thumb earlier this week. With VanVleet injured and Delon Wright in Memphis after the Marc Gasol trade, it wouldn’t be surprising if Lin gets minutes right away.

A random moment in Wizards - Raptors history: John Wall puts up 27 points and 14 dimes in Game 4 of the 2018 Eastern Conference first-round playoff series