The Toronto Raptors may be the most inconsistent team in the NBA, as every crushing loss against a team like the Brooklyn Nets is followed up with a sensational win against a contender like the Phoenix Suns. Will Julius Randle and the New York Knicks fall victim to Toronto's wild swings?
The Knicks, in a very Raptors-esque fashion, have leaned on one or two star players in Randle and Jalen Brunson to carry the load offensively while hoping a ferocious, swarming defense is enough to suffocate opponents into losses. So far, the formula has worked to the tune of an 11-7 record in the East.
Toronto is getting the Knicks on the second day of a back-to-back for them, but the Raptors have become masters of losing games they shouldn't. Will Toronto's often languid half-court offense get shut down by the Knicks in this one, or will they catch fire?
Dennis Schroder Injury Status for tonight’s Raptors vs. Knicks game
The veteran Schroder appeared to suffer a minor knock during the loss against Brooklyn, but he managed to suit up and play against Phoenix and has no injury designation in this game. With New York's defensive play in the backcourt remaining strong, Schroder will need to be at the top of his game.
Julius Randle Injury Status for tonight’s Raptors vs. Knicks game
Randle carries no injury designation and appears to be good to go for this game. Randle and Pascal Siakam have often been good for some very entertaining matchups in the past due to their sharing the same position, and they could renew their old rivalry once again in this game.
Projected Starting Lineups Tonight
PG Dennis Schroder
SG OG Anunoby
SF Scottie Barnes
PF Pascal Siakam
C Jakob Poeltl
PG Jalen Brunson
SG Quentin Grimes
SF RJ Barrett
PF Julius Randle
C Mitchell Robinson
Toronto Raptors next five opponents
The Raptors' schedule includes a pair of in-Season Tournament consolation games against the Heat and Hornets followed by a pair of tangos with the Hawks. This could be pivotal in determining their chances to sneak into the postseason hunt.
Dec. 6 vs. Miami Heat
Dec. 8 @ Charlotte Hornets
Dec. 11 @ New York Knicks
Dec. 13 vs. Atlanta Hawks
Dec. 15 vs. Atlanta Hawks
Raptors injury report
Christian Koloko-OUT-Respiratory condition
Knicks injury report