The first of two live NBA Regular Season games this week arrives on the morning of Saturday 22 January, as the Washington Wizards welcome the Toronto Raptors to the Capital One Arena in the United States capital (03:15 LIVE on ESPN 2). The Wizards are working hard to get themselves into Playoff contention in the Eastern Conferences, having had a season in which they are hovering around the . mark.
There are hardly any teams coming into these places and winning,” head coach Nick Nurse said after Wednesday’s road loss to the Mavericks. I think we’re making a lot of progress, we’re playing our guts out. We needed one of those open threes to go and we might’ve snuck out of there with one.
In a tough loss on Wednesday night, the Raptors had a slim 96-95 lead against the Dallas Mavericks after Fred VanVleet hit a 3-pointer with 1:55 to play. The Mavericks came back to win 102-98, led by Luka Doncic’s 41 points. As he did in the 104-99 loss to the Miami Heat on Monday, Raptors coach Nick Nurse used only seven players with VanVleet (18 points, 12 assists), OG Anunoby (19 points) and Pascal Siakam (20 points) each logging more than 40 minutes.