Dec 21, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; The Raptors logo on the head of Toronto Raptors center Amir Johnson (15) against the Orlando Magic at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Magic 93-90. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors (9-20) vs. New Orleans Hornets (6-22) - Game Preview


The Toronto Raptors’ five-game winning streak was snapped Wednesday in San Antonio, but they will have an excellent opportunity to bounce back tonight in New Orleans.

Dec 21, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during their game against the Orlando Magic at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Magic 93-90. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Raptors were routed 100-80 by the veteran Spurs, who out-scored Toronto by 13 points in the second half. None of Toronto’s starters reached double figures, and they lost the rebounding battle 44-35.

Luckily for the Raps, they have a much easier task tonight. Coach Dwane Casey and Co. are in the Bayou tonight to take on Anthony Davis and the last-place Hornets.

New Orleans is just 6-22 this season and ranks 29th in the league in scoring (91.2 points per game). Despite their struggles, they were able to pull out a win last night in Orlando. Robin Lopez led all scorers with 29 points, while Greivis Vasquez added 27 points and eight rebounds. The Hornets also got 12 points and 11 rebounds from Davis, who has posted double-doubles in three of his last five games.

Unfortunately for the Hornets, they will be without shooting guard Eric Gordon again tonight. The fifth-year veteran will attempt to make his season debut Saturday in Charlotte, according to according to Jimmy Smith of the Times Picayune. Power forward Jason Smith will be out as well.

On the other side, the Raptors will once again be without Jonas Valanciunas, Kyle Lowry and Andrea Bargnani.

The game tips off tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET

 

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