Raptors’ VanVleet to return, Young available Saturday vs. Nuggets

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Fred VanVleet will return to action when the Toronto Raptors host the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.

The All-Star guard missed Thursday’s 139-120 win over the Houston Rockets due to left groin soreness and was listed as questionable for Saturday’s contest.

VanVleet is averaging 21.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and a team-leading 7.1 assists per game. The 27-year-old workhorse also leads the league averaging 38.6 minutes per game.

Meanwhile, newly acquired Thaddeus Young could make his Raptors’ debut Saturday. The veteran power forward arrived in a trade deadline deal with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday in exchange for guard Goran Dragic. Young has averaged 6.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists through 26 games this season.

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The red-hot Raptors hold a 31-23 record, sixth in the Eastern Conference, and are riding a league-best eight-game winning streak.

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