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NBA Preview: Toronto Raptors (30-31) at Cleveland Cavaliers (38-25)

The Cleveland Cavaliers, who aim to cut their losing streak to three consecutive games, will face the visiting Toronto Raptors on Sunday night in an effort to extend their season-best winning streak to five games.

In a 95-91 road victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday afternoon, the Raptors recorded their first four-game winning streak of the season.

As they try to make the playoffs, the Raptors have won seven of their last eight games, but the one in Detroit was the first of seven road games.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers were defeated once more by the Atlanta Hawks, 136-119, on Friday night. It came after their first game back from the All-Star break against the Denver Nuggets, which they lost 115-109 at home on Thursday.

At Atlanta, the Cavaliers were led by Darius Garland, who scored 33 points. Jarrett Allen added 14 points and nine rebounds.

The losing streak comes after a seven-game winning streak.

This season, the Raptors have prevailed in all three meetings with the Cavaliers.

On Saturday, Toronto played without Fred VanVleet due to personal reasons for the second game in a row.

Against the Pistons, Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 29 points, eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocked shots.

The Raptors’ shooting was subpar. They shot 37.5% (33 of 88) from the field, including 26.9% (seven of 26) from three-point range. In addition, they made 64.7 percent of their free throws (22 of 34). With a victory in Cleveland, the Raptors will be able to reach.500 for the first time since they were 13-13 on December 9.

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