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The Wizards are back home!

Toronto Raptors v Atlanta Hawks Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images

The Washington Wizards (6-15) are facing the Toronto Raptors (11-13) for the first time this season. The Raptors have relocated to Tampa, Florida this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The game, which will be the first of a five-game home stretch for the Wizards, will tip-off at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington.

The Wizards are coming off a four point win against Chicago on Monday thanks to an effective defense and Head Coach Scott Brooks changing the starting lineup and tightening the rotation of players. He started Davis Bertans, Rui Hachimura, Alex Len, Bradley Beal, and Raul Neto. Coach only used nine players and spread the majority of minutes between seven of them. Perhaps this approach could be helpful going forward so players can find a rhythm on both ends of the floor. Bradley, of course, put up 35 points that game.

Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet put up 32 points each against the Grizzlies Monday. Normal Powell followed with 29 points. There’s no way the Wizards will beat the Raptors if they allow this to happen again.

It is unclear if Kyle Lowry will participate in tonight’s game due to back spasms. The point guard exited the team’s game on Monday after playing just eight minutes. He is averaging 17 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 6. 7 assists this season.

Hopefully the crowd noise volume is turned up a little higher this evening. Two consecutive wins for Washington sounds nice right about now...