As it stands, this game functionally represents Toronto’s last chance to make it into the play-in game. Yes, the Raptors are still not out of the play-in scenario, especially after the Wizards and Indiana Pacers lost last night. They’d need to win more than they’ve been losing the rest of the way, but there’s still a mathematical chance — and the Wizards are the team they’re trying to pass.
Washington Wizards (30-36, 10th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (27-39, 11th in the Eastern Conference) Tampa; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Washington visits the Toronto Raptors after Bradley Beal scored 42 points in the Wizards' 135-134 loss to the Bucks. The Raptors have gone 17-22 against Eastern Conference teams.
Kawhi Leonard took time after Tuesday's Clippers-Raptors matchup to pump the tires of former teammates Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam.