Extra Pass: Mavericks, Raptors hope to get back on track

Published November 26, 2022, 3:00 PMJC Ansis

The Mavericks and Raptors are both on a two-game slide heading into tomorrow's matchup on NBA TV Philippines.

Previous matchup

The Mavericks and Raptors are meeting for the second time this season. In their first matchup, Luka Doncic had 35 points to lead Dallas to a tight 111-110 win over Toronto. OG Anunoby scored 27 in the loss.

Stars to watch

Of course, when you're talking about the Mavericks, you're talking about Luka Doncic. The Slovenian star is the focal point of the Mavericks' offense and has become one of the early frontrunners for this season's MVP award. Doncic is averaging 34-9-8 and almost two steals per game. He is coming off a 42-point performance in the loss to the Boston Celtics.

For the Raptors, Anunoby is the guy to keep an eye on. This season, he's putting up 18.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.4 steals a night. It'll be up to Anunoby to lead the attack because Pascal Siakam will most likely sit out this game due to an injury.

Interesting stat

The Raptors have performed well at home with a 6-2 record. In contrast, the Mavericks are only 1-5 on the road. Both teams are also on a two-game losing streak.


?Luka Magic will get his numbers against the Raptors but what the Mavericks need is production from his supporting cast. Spencer Dinwiddie has been impressive in the last 10 games for Dallas with a 16.9 scoring average. Christian Wood should also provide an offensive boost, especially against Toronto's thin frontcourt rotation.

The Raptors can keep up with the Mavericks if Fred VanVleet and Scottie Barnes—both listed as day-to-day—will suit up tomorrow. Dallas and Toronto have been up and down this season but I'm taking the Mavs in this matchup.

Where to watch

The Mavericks will take on the Raptors live tomorrow at 6:00 AM on NBA TV Philippines.