Bell-weather Games For The Raptors

In the midst of their most important stretch of games this season, this week’s back-to-back encounters with the Wizards (23-19, Souteast Division, 2nd, #5) loom large on the horizon for Toronto (24-19, Atlantic Division, 2nd, #4), and the eventual Playoff Seeds in the Eastern Conference, re: the #4 and the #5 positions.

A sweep by either team puts it in the driver’s seat, as far as securing the Home Court Advantage, down-the-road, should these two adversaries meet one another in the 1st Round of the Playoffs; while a split, sets the tone early for what shapes up as a season-long tug-0-war between these two teams for the #4 spot in the Conference Standings.

On the personnel front, both teams match-up very well with one another:

Was vs Tor

STARTERS:
1. Calderon vs Daniels
2. Parker vs Stevenson
3. Moon vs Butler
4. Bosh vs Jamison
5. Bargnani vs Heywood

KEY SUBS:
6. Dixon vs Mason, Jr.
7. Delfino vs Young
8. Humphries vs Blatche
9. Kapono vs Songaila
10. Nesterovic vs Pecherov

Coach:
Mitchell vs Jordan

If Toronto can hold its own on the glass, turn the ball over less than Washington, get to the FT Line more than the Wizards and score more points from Behind The Arc, the Raptors are poised to sweep these two games. If, however, the Wizards can dominate the glass, turn Toronto over, stop Bosh from getting to the FT Line for double-digit attempts, and hold their own in terms of 3-pointers made, then the Wizards are going to (at least) split these two games. And, considering that both teams are playing, right now, without a key player in their usual rotation – i.e. TJ Ford (a good player) for Toronto and Gilbert Arenas (an NBA All-Star) for Washington – this should bode well for the Wizards come playoff time. 

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