The Raptors have already clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, but are hoping to climb from the fourth seed -- while holding off the fifth-place
Toronto has struggled of late, with
For the Lakers,
If Lowry does return to action, he's averaging 17.4 points and 6.9 assists a game, driving the Raptors' offense.
Without him, the Lakers will have to deal with a solid substitute in
The Lakers are relying heavily on
The USC product is more of a scorer than a true shooter, hitting 40.2% from the field and just 26.5% from three-point range.
The Lakers are probably best served with
The Raptors have a lot to play for, and while the Lakers have been competitive of late, Toronto should be able to protect their home court on Friday.