Toronto plays Cleveland on home slide

March 23, 2022 GMT

Cleveland Cavaliers (41-31, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (40-32, seventh in the Eastern Conference)

Toronto; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Toronto looks to stop its three-game home slide with a victory against Cleveland.

The Raptors are 24-20 in conference games. Toronto ranks sixth in the Eastern Conference in team defense, giving up only 107.3 points while holding opponents to 46.3% shooting.

The Cavaliers are 24-19 against Eastern Conference opponents. Cleveland scores 107.4 points while outscoring opponents by 2.8 points per game.

The teams play for the fourth time this season. The Cavaliers won the last matchup 104-96 on March 7. Lauri Markkanen scored 22 points to help lead the Cavaliers to the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Pascal Siakam is averaging 22 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists for the Raptors. Scottie Barnes is averaging 17.7 points over the last 10 games for Toronto.

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Jarrett Allen is averaging 16.1 points and 10.8 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Darius Garland is averaging 25.7 points over the last 10 games for Cleveland.

LAST 10 GAMES: Raptors: 6-4, averaging 108.8 points, 50.2 rebounds, 20.3 assists, 7.6 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 43.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.0 points per game.

Cavaliers: 5-5, averaging 113.2 points, 43.5 rebounds, 26.4 assists, 7.2 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 48.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.8 points.

INJURIES: Raptors: Gary Trent Jr.: day to day (toe), Malachi Flynn: out (hamstring), OG Anunoby: day to day (finger).

Cavaliers: Jarrett Allen: out (finger), Collin Sexton: out for season (knee), Rajon Rondo: out (ankle), Dean Wade: out (knee).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.