Could this be the final time LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard play as opponents? Only time will tell with rumors circulating that Leonard has his heart set on signing with a Los Angeles team in this summer’s free agency circus, but until then, the two find themselves in completely different end-of-season scenarios in opposing conferences.
The Lakers (31-36) finally put an end to their five-game losing streak on Tuesday by beating Chicago, the fourth-worst team in the NBA. With missing the playoffs all but inevitable at this point for the Lakers, who sit 6.5-games back of the final playoff spot, they have virtually waved the white flag in the past few days, shutting down players like Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball and announcing that they’d be limiting LeBron’s minutes in back-to-backs.
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The Raptors (48-20) occupy the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and are the only other team outside of Milwaukee to secure a playoff berth. Despite their spot in the standings, Toronto has struggled since the trade deadline when it acquired Marc Gasol and signed Jeremy Lin, going just 6-4 in the 10 games since they’ve both joined.
The Raptors lost 121-106 to a 17-win Cleveland team on Monday, even with Leonard back in the lineup after taking a game off. Serge Ibaka was suspended three games for his role in a brawl with the Cavaliers’ Marquese Chriss.
Toronto won the only previous matchup between the two teams this season, 121-107. Ibaka had a career-high 34 points.
What time is Lakers vs. Raptors?
The Lakers and Raptors tip off on Thursday, Mar. 14, at 8 p.m. E.T..
Lakers vs. Raptors TV channel, live stream
The game will be broadcast as part of TNT’s national telecast. It can also be streamed live online with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.
Where is Lakers vs. Raptors being played?
The Raptors return home to Scotiabank Arena in Toronto for the first time in three games. They’ve lost just two of their past eight games in their home arena. The Lakers are 13-20 on the road.
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