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Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Game preview, TV channel, injury report, start time

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Raptors vs. Lakers (NBA Getty Images)

Who's Playing

Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Records: Raptors (48-20), Lakers (31-36)

Where to Watch

Date: Friday, March 15

Time: 5:30 AM

TV: Sony Ten 1

Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON

Game Preview

The Toronto Raptors return home from a three-game road trip for a matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Whereas the Raptors are going to be in the playoffs regardless of how the final month of the regular season plays out, the Lakers are still fighting to keep their season alive. Entering Friday game, they are 5.5 games behind the Utah Jazz for the eighth seed in the Western Conference standings, a massive amount of ground to make up with only 15 games remaining on the schedule.

Making matters more difficult for the Lakers is they'll have to do it without Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, both of whom have been ruled out for the remainder of the season, as well as a limited LeBron James, who has been put on a minutes restriction.

Will that prevent James from having a big game? Time will tell.

The four-time MVP has a history of playing well against the Raptors on their home court. The last time he was in Toronto was Game 2 of last season's second-round series between the Cavaliers and Raptors, when James recorded 43 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds in a big win for Cleveland.

Looking to slow him down this time will be Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard, two veterans who had a number of battles with James during their time with the San Antonio Spurs.

Notes

The Raptors will be without Serge Ibaka, who will serve the first of a three-game suspension for his role in a fight with Cavaliers forward Marquese Chriss.

Ibaka was terrific in the first matchup between the Raptors and Lakers this season, exploding for 34 points and 10 rebounds.

Kawhi Leonard sat out that game with left foot soreness. If he plays on Friday, it will be his first time playing against LeBron James since March 27, 2017.

Leonard is 5-3 against James in the regular season and 7-5 against him in the playoffs.

According to Tankathon, the Lakers have the eighth-hardest remaining schedule this season. The Raptors, on the other hand, have the second-easiest.

The Lakers are coming off of a 16-point win over the Chicago Bulls and the Raptors are coming off of a 25-point loss to the Cavaliers.

Last Time They Played

Date: Nov. 4, 2018

Score: Raptors 121, Lakers 107

Raptors: Serge Ibaka - 34 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

Lakers: Kyle Kuzma - 24 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists

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