Toronto Raptors vs. San Antonio Spurs Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 2nd 2022

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The San Antonio Spurs will have to call on their depth when they play host to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

The Spurs have won five of their past six games, including the first two of a four-game homestand. The latest came in a 107-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. Keldon Johnson paced San Antonio with 25 points and Doug McDermott added 23 off the bench for the shorthanded Spurs.

San Antonio's 5-2 start is tied for its second-best record ever after seven games.

The Spurs led 85-70 heading into the fourth quarter Sunday before a Wolves rally closed the deficit to 87-84 early in the period. San Antonio held on thanks to the final of seven 3-pointers from McDermott, tying his career high for a game, and two late Johnson free throws.

Keita Bates-Diop scored 18 points for San Antonio, while Tre Jones had 10 and Jakob Poeltl grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. The Spurs played without starters Devin Vassell (knee) and Jeremy Sochan (illness), while key reserves Josh Richardson (back) and Isaiah Roby (illness) also were out.

"We got bumps and bruises, but we keep fighting," Johnson said. "We kept playing as a team. It's hard, but I feel that if you can look to the left and look to the right you see your brothers, people that you grind with all summer, in the gym constantly every day. You make it fun."

Rookie guard Blake Wesley tore the MCL in his left knee and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Wesley was in the rotation and was set to receive added playing time after the Spurs released guard Joshua Primo on Friday.

The Raptors head to San Antonio for the only time this season after a 139-109 rout of the Atlanta Hawks at home Monday. Pascal Siakam led the way for Toronto with 31 points and 12 rebounds in a back-and-forth game that saw the Raptors give up the lead midway through the second quarter then answer with a 13-0 run.

Toronto led by 11 points at the half and by 15 after three quarters before pulling away in the final period. Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. each scored 21 points as Toronto won for the third time in its last four games. O.G. Anunoby had 14 points.

Toronto coach Nick Nurse praised his team's defense against Atlanta and the willingness to get into passing lanes.

"The goal was to challenge every pass and try to keep pursuing every shot as well, and we did," Nurse said. "We did a good job of that. There wasn't a whole lot of wide-open stuff, so we got our hands on a lot of balls.

"What did we create, 18 turnovers? And there were probably another half a dozen just-abouts where we knocked the ball away and didn't quite come away with it."

The Raptors played without Fred VanVleet, who was out with a sore back. VanVleet's availability Wednesday will be a game-time decision. He is currently listed as questionable.

--Field Level Media

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Toronto Raptors
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109
San Antonio Spurs

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Toronto vs. San Antonio Recap DEC 26TH 2020

DeMar DeRozan finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his record career triple-double as the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 125-107 win over the visiting Toronto Raptors on Thursday to win their third straight game and fourth in their past five.

The contest marked the return to San Antonio by forward Kawhi Leonard and guard Danny Green, who were moved to the Raptors in the offseason after Leonard demanded a trade from the Spurs.

In return, San Antonio received DeRozan and center Jakob Poeltl. DeRozan was disappointed at being traded from Toronto, and he let his former teammates and the Raptors' management see his displeasure in his first game against them, racking up 19 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.

The Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge poured in a game-high 23 points, with Bryn Forbes adding 20 points, Derrick White recording 19, Rudy Gay scoring 13 points and Patty Mills hitting for 12 in San Antonio's win, its 10th straight against the Raptors at home.

Leonard was loudly jeered and booed when he was introduced and every time he touched the ball. He finished with a team-high 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting.

Delon Wright scored 15 points for the Raptors, while Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell added 14 each, Fred VanVleet and Greg Monroe tallied 12 points apiece, and Pascal Siakam chipped in 10 points.

The Spurs jumped on Toronto from the start, leading by 19 points after the first period and by 26 early in the second before the Raptors cut the deficit to 67-51 at intermission.

The 16-point deficit at halftime was still Toronto's largest of the season.

Aldridge and White added 11 points each over the first 24 minutes for San Antonio, which shot 59 percent in the half despite missing eight of 11 of its 3-point attempts.

The Spurs had 16 assists and just three turnovers in the first half.

Leonard and Powell led the Raptors with 11 points each in the first half as Toronto shot 50 percent from the floor and still were barely in the game.

Any chance of a Raptors' comeback died early in the third quarter as the Spurs forged a 9-0 run over the first four minutes of the period, and canned 5 of their 6 treys in the period.

San Antonio carried a 96-75 lead into the final quarter.

Toronto star guard Kyle Lowry missed his ninth game in the last 10 with a lingering back injury.

The Spurs return to the floor on Saturday when they host Memphis. Toronto travels to Milwaukee on Saturday.

--Field Level Media

 

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