Kyle Lowry will be out for four to six weeks after undergoing minor wrist surgery and Raptors president Masai Ujiri will be thanking his lucky stars he made those moves for Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker without giving up any guard depth. The news about the all-star point guard is obviously not great but the positive take-away is that K-Low should be back in time for the playoffs and that the Raptors’ NBA championship futures line has not moved at all.
The Dinos are undefeated since acquiring their new players and should be able to stay the course in the absence of their leader. Since Lowry came to the Raps via Houston back in 2012, the team has gone 22-16 in games he’s missed and with their current roster – which is probably the best in the history of Toronto – they shouldn’t lose too much ground in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto’s next game will be a home tilt with the 34-23 Wizards on Wednesday. Washington has been one of the best teams in the Association since the start of 2017 but has now lost two straight games for the first time since January 3. The Raps should be offering some value tomorrow with Lowry out, and with the Wiz slumping, it could be a good time to take a look at the Dinos at the Air Canada Centre.
Day before the Deadline: 6 of 7 Canadian Teams in Action
Ottawa will be the only Canadian NHL team not in action tonight after a busy lead-up to the deadline and a 5-1 loss to the Lightning on Monday evening, but the rest can all be caught on Tuesday’s 12-game slate.
The premier matchup on the schedule is probably Edmonton vs St. Louis as the Oilers reach the end of a grueling month of February against a Blues team that will be playing its first game without the services of Kevin Shattenkirk and that will be looking to avoid a fourth consecutive loss. For a more in-depth breakdown, check out my preview here.
In other matchups, we have the Habs taking on the up-and-down Blue Jackets, the Jets hosting the Central-leading mumps-ridden Wild, the Flames at home for a tilt with the surging Kings, the Canucks attempting to take care of business against the Red Wings in Vancouver and the Maple Leafs heading to SoCal to match up with the Pacific-leading Sharks.
3 Blue Jays Make the Cut in Cy Young Futures
In baseball betting news, award futures have started to roll in and a trio of Blue Jays have found themselves on the American League Cy Young oddsboard. Although none are heavy favorites, there is significant value in all three with Aaron Sanchez (20/1) set to have a career season, Marcus Stroman (50/1) ready to rebound after a rocky 2016 and J.A. Happ (80/1) going for a second straight 20-win year.
Happ and Sanchez both received points in last year’s AL Cy Young vote but were not given serious consideration despite having some of the best numbers in the American League. The Bluebirds’ rotation is set to once again be one of the sturdiest in major league baseball this year and if Sanchez turns into the stud he’s shown he’s capable of becoming, he’ll be near the top of the board for this award all season.