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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)04:0022:00 ET9:00 PM CT1:00 , November 13, 2019
Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon  Attendance: 19,544

Blazers try to get right vs. banged-up Raptors

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Toronto Raptors at Portland Trail Blazers

  1. The Raptors have won seven of their last eight games against the Trail Blazers, with the one loss in this span coming last season in Portland. Prior to these last eight games, Portland had owned a 27-10 advantage in the matchup all-time.
  2. Toronto lost to the Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday, 98-88, failing to score 100 points for the first time this season. Since last season, the Raptors are 62-20 (.756) when scoring at least 100 points, second best to only the Bucks (66-21, .759).
  3. Pascal Siakam tied a season low with 16 points in the loss to the Clippers, shooting a season-low 35.3 percent from the field. Siakam has gone 2-for-14 (.143) from three-point range over his last two games after going 19-for-46 (.413) from beyond the arc in his first eight games this season.
  4. The Trail Blazers lost to the Kings in Sacramento last night, 107-99, failing to score 100 points for the first time this season. Portland went 8-for-30 (.267) from three-point range in the loss and has an 0-5 record this season when making fewer than 33.0 percent of its three-point attempts.
  5. Damian Lillard (27 points) and CJ McCollum (24) scored 20+ points in the same game for the 131st time as teammates. Since McCollum's rookie season in 2013-14, only the duo of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson (163 games) have scored 20+ points in the same game more frequently.
  6. Toronto's starters are averaging 167.1 minutes this season, most in the NBA, while Portland's starters are playing 159.2 minutes per game, fourth most. Toronto's starters are averaging 80.6 points while Portland's are averaging 84.1, second to only the Rockets (93.9) in the Western Conference.

After dropping a game at Sacramento on Tuesday night, the Portland Trail Blazers enter their matchup with Toronto on Wednesday night losers of five of their last six games.

The defending champion Raptors, coming off a 10-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, will enter Portland looking to improve to 3-1 on their current five-game road trip.

Toronto is dealing with a rash of injuries on this road jaunt, the most recent a right eye contusion for OG Anunoby. Former Raptors star Kawhi Leonard poked Anunoby in the eye in the first quarter Monday, and the young swingman didn't return to the game. Anunoby has been ruled out for Wednesday.

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (thumb) is out for at least two weeks, and forward Serge Ibaka (ankle) is out indefinitely.

"I think we are showing those guys who weren't playing can help us," Toronto guard Fred VanVleet told reporters after the Clippers game. "Now it's harder when your role is diminished and it's eight minutes instead of 25 or 18, instead of 25 and you are playing in crunch time.

"It's easier with more minutes and more opportunity and knowing that you are not coming out because we only got so many guys. But we knew we were a tough bunch and we were going to fight hard and our defense is really good. We know we got to fix some things on offense, but it's a long year, so it was a good back-to-back (with a split against the L.A. teams). We move on and try and get one in Portland."

The Blazers are no stranger to the injury bug, with Jusuf Nurkic (leg), Pau Gasol (foot) and Zach Collins (shoulder) expected to be out on Wednesday. The status of Rodney Hood was uncertain after he sat out a second straight game Tuesday due to back spasms.

It's been a strong season for Damian Lillard, who scored a team-high 27 in the 107-99 loss to the Kings, two games after posting a career-high 60 on Friday against the Brooklyn Nets. Other than Lillard, however, the Blazers have been hard-pressed to find a consistent scoring punch. CJ McCollum's shooting percentage has dipped significantly from last season, and Hassan Whiteside has been up and down in the box score.

In Lowry's absence, the Raptors will rely heavily on Pascal Siakam going forward. The young big man from Cameroon is having a breakout season for Toronto, averaging 26.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game to go along with 3.9 assists. He put up 44 points against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.

VanVleet and Norman Powell, along with Marc Gasol, will be relied upon at a greater rate, as well, as the Raptors nurse myriad injuries. In the aftermath of the loss to the Clippers, coach Nick Nurse was clearly frustrated with the no-call on the play that injured Anunoby's eye.

"He lost both his contacts and got his eye cut open with blood," Nurse told reporters. "Are you kidding me?"

--Field Level Media

Updated November 13, 2019

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