Raptors All-star Kyle Lowry

The Toronto Raptors extend their win streak to 4 games with a 101-92 win over the Utah Jazz (41-23). They conclude their five game romp through the Western Conference with a 4-1 record. With the win the Raptors improve to 46-18. ESPN had their projected win total at 45.5 games for the season.

The Raptors now sit pretty in the 2nd seed of the Eastern Conference with 3.5 games separating them from 3rd place Boston (42-21). Toronto has the 12th toughest remaining strength of schedule while Boston has the 17th. The two teams will have their final regular season showdown on March 20th. The Celtics currently have a 2-1 lead in the regular season series.

The Sweep

Raptors All-Star Pascal Siakam

With their victory last night Toronto has officially swept the Utah Jazz in their regular season series. This comes after the Raptors concluded their sweep of the Sacramento Kings (28-36) on Sunday. Over the course of the series the Raptors average 115.5 points per game, 2 points above their per game average. Toronto also held the Jazz to a lowly 101 points per game, 10 points below average. The Jazz are also held to 41.8% (71/170) shooting, a far cry from their standard 47.5 which ranks 4th in the league. The Raptors have rocked the Jazz all year which is extremely reassuring considering the Jazz are a top 4 team in the Western Conference. The Raptors hold a 11-14 record against teams with 50% or higher win records.

Double-Double Dominance

Raptors Centre Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam led the charge for the Raptors in this game. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert had no answer for Serge, letting him pour in 27 points and 13 rebounds while Gobert had a paltry 6 points and 4 rebounds in 32 minutes of play. Ibaka’s ability to stretch the floor with his three point shot came into play as he went 71.4% (5/7) from deep.  Pascal Siakam took advantage of the spaced floor and poured in his own 27 points. He also grabbed 11 rebounds in the contest, as well as a career high 8 assists in the contest.

While not quite a double-double Kyle Lowry had his own 21 point performance as well. The floor general also provided 7 assists and 5 rebounds in the contest, while snatching 3 steals on the defensive end.

Raptors Injury Report

Norman Powell, recently named the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Week left the game early with an ankle injury. The scoring wing has been on fire but has suffered more than his fair share of injuries this season. He is currently listed as day-to-day. He joins Fred VanVleet on the inactive list.

Up next for the Raptors

The Raptors return home to Toronto to host the Detroit Pistons (20-45) on Saturday March 14 at 7:30 PM. This will be the last match-up of the season for these two teams and Nick Nurse’s Raptors have dominated the season series 3-0 while Dwayne Casey and the Pistons have only regressed as the season has gone on.