Raptors Tipoff

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

TONIGHT, 7 P.M.

THE SCORE, FAN 590

MARQUEE MATCHUP

Chris Bosh vs. Zach Randolph

Battle of two all-stars in second and final meeting of the season. When teams met in Memphis on Oct. 30, Bosh scored 37 points, while Randolph responded by pouring in 30 in 115-107 Grizzlies win. Randolph is averaging a career-high 11.6 rebounds and is earning praise for his leadership and maturity, qualities he sorely lacked in the past. A unique showdown featuring two left-handed power forwards who each average more than 20 points and double-digit rebounds. Bosh can extend his offence, while Randolph does most of his damage in the low block.

SCOUTING REPORT

The Grizzlies entered Tuesday's home tip against Phoenix as the surprise story in the NBA, despite losing four in a row and six of their last seven. The team's starting five of Marc Gasol, Randolph, Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo and Mike Conley can match up against any team. The bench, though, is suspect. Given its youth, it's not surprising that Memphis has only gone 8-17 on the road. But the Grizzlies can score, averaging 102.5 points a night, and at 26-25 they would be the sixth seed in the East if the playoffs were to start now. Teams like to slow down the Grizzles and Toronto catches a break because of the back-to-back scenario.

DID YOU KNOW?

Mayo left USC after his freshman season, a path taken by Raptors rookie DeMar DeRozan. Both are shooting guards ... Raptors head coach Jay Triano is familiar with Gay's game having served on the coaching staff of the U.S. development team of which Gay was a member ... Gasol's older brother, Pau, is the more accomplished baller, but the younger Gasol is turning into a frontline centre. Entering Tuesday's game, he was making close to 60% of his shots.


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