Toronto Raptors: 5 can’t-miss games from 2020-21 first-half schedule

Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors drives to the basket. (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images)
Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors drives to the basket. (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images) /
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Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles the ball as Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

5. Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks – Feb.16, 18, 2021

In an effort to reduce travel, the Raptors will be playing both of their road games against Milwaukee in succession in mid-February.

These games are going to be huge on both micro and macro levels. On the micro, the Raptors and Bucks have enjoyed almost identical competitive windows, scrapping for the number one seed for the past three-to-four years. All signs point to another hard-fought battle somewhere in the playoff picture this season.

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On a macro level, however, is there a more perfect time to remind Giannis Antetokounmpo of how great this current group of Raptors is?

All jokes aside, the sweepstakes for Antetokounmpo’s services will begin at some point during the season. Maybe they already have. The Raptors need to have a 2018-19 Los Angeles Clippers-esque season to have a chance at the Greek Freak’s services next season.

That eighth-seeded Clippers team showed fight and heart en route to pushing the top-seeded Golden State Warriors to six games in their first round playoff series. This laid the groundwork for the arrival of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George the following year.

These games themselves will matter in the short term, but if the Raptors can prove themselves to Antetokounmpo in his building, they’d be putting themselves ahead in the pursuit of a franchise-altering player.

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Which game are you looking forward to watching this season? What do you think the Raptors’ record will be? Let us know in the comments below.