The Toronto Raptors will be playing in a game seven for the first time in two seasons, as they hope to advance to the second round of the NBA Playoffs for the first time in 15 years.
Toronto lost game six to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night 100-83 forcing a seventh and deciding game, which takes place at the Air Canada Centre tonight at 8 p.m. ET
This is the Raptors third straight season winning the Atlantic Division title and the team is well aware that they captured second place in the Eastern Conference for the first time in franchise history and being eliminated in the first round would put a huge damper on a 56 win season.
DeMar DeRozan has averaged 15.8 points per game, which is almost eight points below his season average. Coach Dwayne Casey has stated throughout the series that they need their All-Star to perform at a high level in order for the team to advance.
Meantime, Indiana All-Star Paul George has averaged 27.5 points in the series for the Pacers.
Thousands of fans will be descending upon Jurassic Park outside of the Air Canada Centre with the game being shown outside on the big screen.
The Raptors were swept from the first round last season by the Washington Wizards and they’re looking to get to the second for the first time since 2001.
Toronto is also looking to win a seven game series for the first time in their playoff history.