Friday, February 9, 2007

Toronto Raptors vs L.A Lakers

Tonight, the Toronto Raptors face the Los Angeles Lakers and the Raptors will try to extend their longest .home-winning streak in 5 years

The Raptors are one of the hottest teams in the NBA
winning 8 out of their last 9 with their only loss coming against the Indiana Pacers. With a win tonight they can go 4 games over 500% and can possibly go 4.5 games ahead of second place New Jersey.

The Raptors last game was against Orlando at home. They won 113-103 behind a career high 41 points from Chris Bosh. At home it looks like no one can stop the Raptors with a record of 16-6 at the Air Canada Centre. All Star Chris Bosh has become the leader of this young Raptor team at the age of 22. After his performance on Wednesday, Chris Bosh seems to have brought his game to MVP type status. He has been the biggest contributor to the Raptors turn around season. He will lead the Raptors to a high seeded playoff birth.

On the other end, the Lakers are coming of a loss to the Pistons in the Palace.

The last time
these 2 teams met, Toronto was in the middle of a 6 game losing streak and lost 107-100 to the Lakers. Kobe Bryant continued his dominance against the Raptors as he had 31 points and 11 rebounds to beat Toronto.

The Lakers look to stop their
losing ways on the road against one of the best home teams in the NBA. In the past years, it has either been Kobe preforms and the Lakers play well, but if Kobe doesn't play well, than the Lakers don't show. The Raptors hope it is the bad Kobe that shows because the Lakers are deadly with Kobe playing well. The Lakers can prove that the Raptors are just a team that plays in a bad division with a win tonight.

The Lakers are 6th in their conference, but if they were in the Eastern Conference, they would be second in the conference and only 1 game out of 1st, so the Lakers can send a message that they're a force in this league.

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