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  • Tonight it is the Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors, and despite the Raptors recent form a road game in Toronto is never easy.

Regular Season Game 67 – Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors 

  • Venue – Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada 
  • Tip time here in the U.K. is 11:30pm, which is 7:30pm both in Orlando and Toronto.
  • To watch live or on demand in the U.K. you will need an active NBA League Pass subscription.

Orlando Magic 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 38-28
  • Run: Won 1 and are 7-3 in the last 10 played.
  • Home Record 22-9 (22-8 in the Kia Center; one “home court” loss was in Mexico City).
  • Road Record 16-19
  • Standing: 5th in the East
  • Points Per GameFor 110.7 Against 109.3
  • RatingOffensive 24th Defensive 4th

Last Time Out – vs Brooklyn Nets

  • The Magic led the entire way, taking a home court 106-114 win over the Brooklyn Nets
  • That being said a 38 point second quarter from Brooklyn had Magic fans fearful of a repeat of the Pacers comeback scenario from our previous game. Thankfully the Magic responded building a strong lead in the 3rd that ultimately saw them through.
  • All five Orlando starters scored in double figures.
  • Paolo Banchero finished with 21 points and 9 assists. He made every shot from the field in what was a well balanced performance.
  • Wendell Carter Jr recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds. Jalen Suggs and Franz Wagner each had 14 points, whilst Gary Harris scored 13.
  • From the bench came Jonathan Isaac to lead with 11 points, followed by Markelle Fultz with 10. 
  • The starting lineup was boosted by the return of Jalen Suggs, rejoining Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr.
  • From the bench came a core of Cole Anthony, Jonathan Isaac, Joe Ingles, Markelle Fultz and Moritz Wagner
  • Anthony Black, Goga Bitadze, Chuma Okeke, Caleb Houstan and Admiral Schofield played a limited time in closing the game out.
  • Jett Howard, Kevon Harris and Trevelin Queen were all inactive for the Magic.

Tonight

  • Jett Howard remains assigned to the G-League with the Osceola Magic.
  • Trevelin Queen and Kevon Harris are listed as out, being two-way G-League.
  • Therefore, barring any late issues expect that Coach Mosley runs with that same starting unit.

The Toronto Raptors 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 23-43 Run: Lost 5 and are at 3-7 in the last 10 played.
  • Standing: 12th in the East 
  • Points Per GameFor 114.1 Against 118.2
  • RatingOffensive 21st Defensive 23rd
  • The Raptors have a 13-19 home record.
  • Toronto take the NBA’s 8th most field goal attempts, focusing heavily on volume shooting from inside the arc. They get good numbers in assists and do well on offensive rebounds, which surprisingly does not translate to scoring second chance points. They lead the league in fast break scoring and are 4th for points in the paint.
  • Defensive statistics are in the bottom third of the league in most categories outside of free throws faced, being a low foul team. They are susceptible to conceding from second chances and rank badly for points conceded in the paint.
  • The Raptors look very different from when we last met, having made trades mid season. They are also in the midst of an injury crisis to some of their recognised leaders, including Scottie Barnes.
  • Scottie Barnes had been putting together a nice season at 19.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. His indefinite absence is a blow to Toronto.
  • Further double digit scoring comes from RJ Barrett (20.8), Immanuel Quickley (18.2), Gary Trent Jr (12.3), Kelly Olynyk (11.9) and Jakob Poeltl (11.1).

Last Time Out For The Toronto Raptors 

  • On March 13th Toronto went to the Detroit Pistons and left beaten by 104-113.
  • Toronto held a lead at the half but were outscored 47-61 by the Pistons.
  • Immanuel Quickley led the with a 25 point and 8 assist performance. Kelly Olynyk followed up with 19 points and 8 assists. Bruce Brown registered 17 points and 5 assists.
  • Starting 5 – Immanuel Quickley, Gradey Dick, Bruce Brown, Ochai Agbaji, Kelly Olynyk
  • From the bench came Jordan Nwora, Jalen McDaniels, Jontay Porter and Jah’mius Ramsey.
  • Javon Freeman-Liberty and Garrett Temple were unused by the coach.
  • Gary Trent Jr, RJ Barrett, Scottie Barnes, Jakob Poeltl, Chris Boucher, Mouhamadou Gueye and DJ Carton were all inactive.

Tonight

  • Scottie Barnes (hand) and Jakob Poeltl (finger) are both out indefinitely.
  • Chris Boucher (knee) and DJ Carton (ankle) are both confirmed as out tonight.
  • Tragically RJ Barrett will also be out following the sad and untimely passing of his younger brother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family at this difficult time. 
  • Gary Trent Jr is day-to-day and questionable with a groin injury.
  • Head coach Darko Rajakovic will likely use the same starting 5 as in Detroit if Gary Trent Jr is again a scratch. Trent Jr had started 24 games straight since January 17th.

Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors – Head-To-Head

  • In 100 regular season games played the score stands at 43-57 to the Raptors.
  • The single meeting this season came on game day 14 (November 21st). At home in Orlando the Magic produced a stunning performance to beat the Raptors by 107-126. Leading continuously from inside the first two minutes of play the Magic led by as many as 27 points. Jalen Suggs set the tone for the team on both ends of the floor but it was Paolo Banchero who led the scoring with 25 points. Dennis Schroder (now in Brooklyn) scored 24 points to lead the Raptors. 
  • Last season was split 2-2, with both teams winning both home court games.
  • The recent history is very much with Toronto. It is season 2011-12 since Orlando won the series. In that period the Raptors had winning streaks of 5, 9 and 11 games. 
  • The final meeting of the season comes back in Orlando on Sunday evening.

Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors – A Final Thought

  • Toronto are not officially eliminated from the postseason but are adrift of the play-in 10th seed berth by 6 wins. The Raptors will play with pride and will not meekly roll over. They are not that kind of team. 
  • Defence remains the key for an Orlando performance. The Magic have on 18 occasions this season held opponents to under 100 points, winning 16 of those games.
  • A statistic to look for is that of leading going into the final quarter. When the Magic have a lead at that point of the game this season they hold a 31-1 win record.
  • The Magic at home are 13-0 this season against teams that are presently sitting at under .500. Whilst tonight is on the road Toronto are in that sub .500 category and come to the Kia Center on Sunday. Half of Orlando’s remaining home games are against sub-.500 teams. 
  • At times it has been dramatic on the road this season for the Magic. 35 road games played, 15 decided by a margin of five points or less, with 11 of those by three points or less. Throw in the “home” game in Mexico City and that statistic becomes 16 and 12.
  • As we said in our last preview, for Orlando every game at this point is important. From the New York Knicks in the 4th seed position with a 39-27 record to Miami in 8th with their 35-30 record only four wins separate the 5 positions. Tonight the Heat are playing in Detroit.

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