The Toronto Raptors will wrap up their road trip on Friday night against the Washington Wizards at 8 p.m. ET.
What to Watch For
- After a year and a half of anticipation, we may finally get Yuta Watanabe vs. Rui Hachimura Round III. The two and only current Japanese NBA players haven't played each other since 2020, back when Watanabe was with the Memphis Grizzlies. Since then, one of them has always been out of the lineup whenever Toronto has played Washington. Finally, the two forwards are healthy and ready to go Friday and may face each other again if Watanabe can crack the rotation for Toronto.
- Speaking of the rotation, Raptors coach Nick Nurse has gone with a seven-man rotation for the past couple of games and it's taken a toll on the group. Fred VanVleet's numbers have begun to tail off and the team has struggled offensively in the second half. Even if the bench hasn't earned his trust, the Raptors need to open things up just a little bit to give their starters a break.
- Scottie Barnes was very up and down defensively the other night against Dallas. He made a crucial mistake against Luka Doncic in crunch time, sagging off the Slovenian superstar and letting Doncic rise up to nail the game-winner. Barnes will likely get the Bradley Beal assignment Friday and he's going to need to do a much better job holding down the Wizzards' offensive facilitator.
Where to Watch
TSN will broadcast the game on TV and the FAN 590 will call the game on the radio.
The Raptors will be without Khem Birch while Gary Trent Jr. is listed as questionable. Dalano Banton is on assignment with the Raptors 905
The Wizards are fully healthy.
The Raptors are +1.5 point underdogs, per SI Sportsbook. The total for the game is 217.5