The Toronto Raptors head to Washington tonight for the opener of a home-and-home series against the Wizards. The two teams will travel north to the Air Canada Center for the return engagement on Wednesday.
This back-to-back test will be a good measuring stick for the Raptors, who have won four of their last five games.
Last Friday, the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks by 31 points at home. The Wizards fell to the same Bucks squad 105-102 in overtime in their last game.
Currently, Toronto is fifth in the Eastern Conference, 1/2 game ahead of Washington. The Raptors are 24-19, while the Wizards are 23-19.
The game also marks the second meeting of the year between the two clubs.
In early December, the Raptors lost, 101-97, in D.C without the services of top scorer Chris Bosh. (Bosh was sidelined with a strained right groin.)
The former Georgia Tech star will be counted on heavily against the Wizards. In his last eight games, Bosh is averaging 30 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
These days, Washington is led by forward Caron Butler. Butler, who has made 70 consecutive free throws, had a career-high 40 points against the Bucks last Sunday. He is making a strong bid for an Eastern Conference spot at next month's All-Star game.
All time, the series is tied at 23 wins apiece.