Bucks at Raptors
The Toronto Raptors look to wrap up their season-high six-game homestand on a strong note Sunday, when they welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors recorded their second straight win and 10th in 13 outings with a 99-78 victory over Charlotte on Friday. Alan Anderson drilled four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points against his former team to keep Toronto cruising along.
Milwaukee fell for the first time in three outings with Jim Boylan calling the shots when it dropped a 103-87 decision to Detroit on Friday. Brandon Jennings and Beno Udrih scored 15 points apiece, but the Bucks were undone after being outscored 33-11 in the third quarter. Milwaukee is opening a four-game road trip, with the latter three contests taking place on the West Coast.
TV: 1 p.m. ET, TSN (Toronto)
ABOUT THE BUCKS (18-17): While Jennings and leading scorer Monta Ellis will garner significant attention, many eyes also will focus on Larry Sanders. The 6-11 Sanders isn't known for his scoring touch, although he has reached double digits in five of his last 11 games. Rather, Sanders is known for his shot-blocking abilities as he has registered 28 in his last six contests. As for Ellis (18.9 points per game), he has made just 17 of his last 45 shots.
ABOUT THE RAPTORS (14-22): Toronto has made the most of its home cooking, winning 10 of 17 such contests - which is significantly better than its road record (4-15). After making 11 of 17 shots in the home opener, DeMar DeRozan is just 17-of-50 from the field in his last four games. Jose Calderon has picked up the slack, shooting 13-for-21 in his last two games while registering double-digit assist totals in three of the five contests on the homestand.
1. Toronto has not trailed in any of the three victories during its homestand.
2. Milwaukee has swept the season series with the Raptors each of the last two campaigns. The teams will meet three times this season.
3. The teams met in Toronto during the preseason, with DeRozan scoring 21 points in the Raptors' 104-95 victory.