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Game Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder head to Toronto to take on talented Raptors

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The Thunder are coming off of a righteous beating at the hands of the Nets. What must they do to make sure it doesn't happen again?

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Toronto Raptors (2-1)
November 4th, 2014
Air Canada Center, Toronto, Ontario
6:30 PM CDT
TV: No TV/League Pass
[radio]
Enemy Blogs: Raptors HQ
Previous Meetings: March 21st (W 119-118) Dec 22 (L 98-104)
Injury Report: Thunder - Mitch McGary, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Grant Jerrett, Andre Roberson, Anthony Morrow, and Jeremy Lamb - Raptors: Amir Johnson
Probable Starters
Reggie Jackson P Kyle Lowry
Lance Thomas SG Terrence Ross
Perry Jones SF DeMar DeRozan
Serge Ibaka PF Patrick Patterson
Steven Adams C Jonas Valanciunas

After a very tough loss last night, the Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking to turn things around tonight against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Center. The Thunder are expected to play once again with 8 healthy players only since Andre Roberson will be out due to a left leg mid sprain injury that he sustained against the Nets, and Jeremy Lamb still being out due to a back injury.

As for the Raptors, they are looking to build on last season's playoff run and they have so far shown that they are ready to improve. They have notable players in almost every spot with solid back ups and they will be on their home court. The Thunder have a huge challenge ahead of them tonight.

The Thunder are really in a very difficult situation due to the devastating injuries. After getting blown out last night, OKC needs to refocus its defensive effort, because the Raptors have talented offensive players in DeRozan, Lowry, Ross, Patterson, and Vasquez. On the other hand, the Thunder offense has been as uneven as expected, and Reggie Jackson's insertion into the lineup last night looked like it made things worse.

I am optimistic about the Thunder but by simply looking at the components of the game, it is difficult to see how the Thunder will have enough talent to match up against the stingy Raptors.

Prediction: Raptors 100, Thunder 85.