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The Mavericks visit the Toronto Raptors tonight.

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Dallas heads to Toronto to take on the Raptors. What can we expect?

What happened the last time these teams met?

The Toronto Raptors ruined Dallas' home opener back in November, beating the Mavericks 102-91 on their way to a 5-0 start. Chandler Parsons was still on serious minute restrictions at this point, and the team was still trying to figure out how to incorporate new personnel (and also how to make shots).

What have the Raptors done lately?

Things look a bit different now. The Raptors have had a bit of a rough patch lately, losing three of their last four, which matters a lot in the East, where just one game separates the eighth and second seeds. The two teams have nearly identical records for the season and both fifth in the conference standings.

The Raptors have a top ten offense and are currently the 12th ranked defense in the league, so despite the similar records, this could be a tough match-up for the Mavericks. Toronto has been missing big man Jonas Valanciunas, but he was recently cleared to practice, though it's not clear whether he'll be on the court tonight.

How to watch

Tonight's game will be broadcast on NBATV. Tip off is at 6:30PM Central.