When they begin four games with the top Western Conference teams on Thursday, the Toronto Raptors will have to hope for a miracle to make this season enter the NBA playoffs.
With 10 games left in the regular season, the Raptors will have very little room for maneuver if they want to participate in this qualifying round. This game will be played 2 to 3 from May 18 to 21. , Opponents may make them feel very difficult.
Indeed, the Raptors will beat them next Thursday against the Denver Nuggets, and they are ranked fourth in the Western Conference. On Saturday, they will face the current list of the best players in the league, the Utah Jazz. The next day, they will meet with the Los Angeles Lakers (fifth place) and the next day, with the Clippers (third place).
Before the end of the regular season, the players in Queens City will face the Wizards and the Bulls once, and the duel may be determined.
The team that will get a spot in the qualifiers may face the Indiana Pacers in May. The winning team will eventually enter the playoffs, with the Brooklyn Nets in the first round first in the Eastern Conference.
They are preparing for these four crucial games on the West Coast, and the Raptors will not be able to bet on Quebec’s Chris Boucher. The Toronto organization announced on Wednesday that the Montreal Center is not on the trip and that he is still in Tampa to continue his recovery.
Boucher sprained his left knee in a game that beat the Nets last week. The MRI did not reveal a broken or torn ligament, but Quebecers will take some time to recover.
The 28-year-old from northern Montreal had the best season of his NBA career before taking part in the battle. In 59 games, he averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 24 minutes per game. He has entered the third season of the Raptors.