NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, March 27th (All times eastern)
Oklahoma City Thunder (20-51) at Toronto Raptors (26-45), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors will continue a five-game homestand Friday versus the Oklahoma City Thunder at Air Canada Centre.
Toronto is 2-1 on the residency and has won two straight, including Wednesday's 115-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Andrea Bargnani posted a team-high 23 points and Chris Bosh contributed 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who are aiming for their first three-game win streak since January 23-28.
Jose Calderon chipped in 19 points and 11 assists for Toronto, while Anthony Parker scored 18 points in a winning cause. Shawn Marion finished with 17 points and nine boards as the Raptors improved to 15-20 at home this season.
Toronto will also welcome the Chicago Bulls on this homestand. Calderon (finger) is listed as probable against the Thunder.
Oklahoma City will open a three-game road trip against Toronto, Boston and San Antonio and is just 6-28 as the guest in 2008-09. The Thunder have dropped three of their last four games and suffered a 107-89 defeat versus the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, with Kevin Durant scoring 24 points and Jeff Green chipping in 12 points in the loss.
The Thunder also got 10 points from both Thabo Sefolosha and Russell Westbrook, while Nick Collison contributed 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Durant is probable for tonight's game with a bruised forearm and leads the team in scoring (25.9 ppg), field-goal percentage (48.2) free-throw percentage (86.5 pct), three-point shooting (42.6 pct) and blocks (0.8 bpg).
Oklahoma City defeated Toronto, 91-83, on December 19 at the Ford Center and has won 11 of the last 15 matchups. The Raptors have won the last two meetings as the host in this series.
03/27 10:53:06 ET