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Dallas at Toronto
When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, January 18, 2021
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

The Toronto Raptors will try for their third straight win Monday night when they play the Dallas Mavericks in the middle game of a stretch of five consecutive contests at their temporary home in Tampa, Fla.

The Raptors, who have struggled early in the season, defeated the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday and Saturday to open their homestand and have four wins in 12 games. The margin of victory was three points in each game against the Hornets, who missed the potential tying shot in both of them.

The undermanned Mavericks are 6-6 after losing their second consecutive game Sunday, 117-101 at home to the Chicago Bulls.

Luka Doncic, the Mavericks' 21-year-old guard, passed Michael Jordan on the career list with his 29th triple-double, finishing with 36 points, 16 rebounds and 15 assists. Doncic is tied with Grant Hill for 15th in triple-doubles.

The Mavericks are missing five rotation players because of COVID-19 protocols and guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is out with a left groin strain.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse was pleased to get the victories against the Hornets, but said he felt there was considerable room for improvement.

"You know, I keep saying the same thing over and over. There's some stretches of really good basketball and the stretches that aren't so good cannot be as not so good as they were (Saturday)," Nurse said. "Those have to be average or slightly below and I thought we dipped a lot: Some great segments, some really poor segments. Probably our really good basketball segments weren't as long (Saturday) as they have been in the last three or four games."

One encouraging development for the Raptors Saturday was the play of struggling Norman Powell, who came off the bench to score 24 points and match his career-best six 3-pointers.

"I know 24 is a big night, we know he's capable of that, that's what we need, we need his punch, 15 or so off the bench," Nurse said. "We're going to need that offense, keep the offense ticking over with the second unit."

Another bench player, Chris Boucher, continued his strong play with 20 points and nine rebounds. Boucher's emergence has been vital because of the poor play of Aron Baynes, who was lifted after four minutes and 20 seconds and did not return.

"I know we're not getting very much out of (Baynes) at this point," Nurse said. "We read the game, you know. He's almost like a reserve now. His stint is going to last as long as things are going well, or he's impacting well."

Doncic had 30 points in the first half on Sunday, although the Mavs were already trailing by 15 by halftime.

"The second half, I played terrible," he said, alluding to his six points on 2-for-11 shooting. "I was being selfish a little bit because I had 30 points in the first half. That wasn't me in the second half."

Kristaps Porzingis added 20 points for the Mavericks. In addition to Hardaway, Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell and Josh Richardson were out because of health and safety protocols.

Hardaway is listed as day to day. "We don't think it's serious," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.

Brunson could return to the lineup Monday.

The game Monday will be the second of five games in seven days for the Mavericks -- including three on the road -- in what Carlisle called "the most challenging" week of the season.

"We're very depleted, so we're just going to have to be really tied together," he said.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Dallas 6-6 L2 2-2 4-4 1-2 5-4 1-0 3-2
Toronto 4-8 W2 3-2 1-6 0-1 4-7 1-2 3-2
Last Meeting
Dallas Toronto
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/22/19 DAL 107 TOR 110 107 53 38.9 110 51 39.4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Dallas J. Brunson 21 57.1 3
Toronto K. Lowry 32 52.2 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Dallas K. Porzingis 12 4 8
Toronto R. Hollis-Jefferson 9 5 4
Assists Player  
Dallas J. Brunson 9
Toronto K. Lowry 10
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Dallas L. Doncic 371 45.2 76
Toronto F. VanVleet 280 42.7 25
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Dallas L. Doncic 126 17 109
Toronto P. Siakam 108 31 77
Assists Player  
Dallas L. Doncic 118
Toronto F. VanVleet 92
Quickchart Matchup
Dallas Dallas Off vs  Toronto Toronto Defense
Dallas Off vs Toronto - Points For 108.7 Points For
Dallas Off vs Toronto - Points Against 112.2 Points Against
Dallas - FG% 45.2 FG%
Toronto - FG% 45.6 FG%
Dallas - Reb 45.0 Reb
Toronto - Reb 46.5 Reb
Toronto Toronto Off vs  Dallas Dallas Defense
Toronto Off vs Dallas - Points For 111.5 Points For
Toronto Off vs Dallas - Points Against 106.1 Points Against
Toronto - FG% 43.9 FG%
Dallas - FG% 44.5 FG%
Toronto - Reb 43.2 Reb
Dallas - Reb 46.5 Reb