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The Orlando Magic Play The Raptors

Tonight the Orlando Magic play the Raptors in our third in-season tournament game and the first on our home court. The Magic are looking to build on the 3-1 road trip as we begin this six game home stand.

Regular Season Game 14 – Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic

  • Venue – The Amway Center, Orlando, Florida 
  • U.K. tip time is 12 midnight, which is 7pm for our friends in Orlando. 
  • To watch the Orlando Magic play the Raptors here in the U.K. you will need an active NBA League Pass subscription. 

Orlando Magic 

  • Regular Season Record: 8-5 Run: won 3
  • In-Season Tournament Record: 1-1 Points Differential: minus 14
  • Home Record 3-2 Road Record 5-3
  • Standing: 5th in the East
  • Points Per GameFor 109.4 (27th) Against 106.6 (4th)
  • RatingOffensive 27th Defensive 2nd
  • Despite what was an excellent offensive performance against the Pacers the Magic continue to rank poorly on many offensive categories. The team are now first in the league for free throws attempted and 3rd made, having made 279 of the 368 attempts this season. Orlando are 9th in making offensive rebounds, a major factor in the team being 3rd in scoring second chance points (17.5 ppg). The Magic also rank 3rd in points off of turnovers at 20.6 ppg.
  • That leads us nicely onto defensive categories where Orlando are excelling. The Magic are 2nd for steals made per game. The intensity of our defensive pressure sees our opponents turn the ball over against us at the highest rate in the league. The Magic are conceding the second fewest total field goal attempts, opponent total rebounds made and have the fewest assists. 
  • Scoring is being led again now by Paolo Banchero with second with 18.7 ppg. Franz Wagner is a close second with 18.5. Cole Anthony leads the bench in scoring (also third on the team) with 13.4 points per game.
  • Paolo Banchero is also the team leader for assists (4.5) per game. Jalen Suggs is the team leader for steals per game at 2.1 per game (that figure is the 4th best but his steal percentage is the best in the league). Jonathan Isaac and Goga Bitadze are tied with 1.4 blocks per game (joint 18th in the NBA).

Last Game

  • Orlando put together three quarters of complete basketball to take a superb road victory over the Indiana Pacers by 128-116. The first half was as good a performance as any team could wish for.
  • Through the opening 24 minutes the Magic offence found an incredible rhythm. They scored 78 points (including 48 in the paint), shot a field goal percentage just shy of 59%, took 19 free throws and committed just two turnovers.
  • The defending was again a platform for the offence to build from. Coming into the game the Pacers had the NBA’s No. 1 offensive rating, averaging 126.5 points per game. By the end of the half the Pacers had only 44 points. Indiana further came into the game with the fewest average turnovers per game at 12.8, they had 12 at the half.
  • Orlando’s lead was as large as 40 points during the third quarter. That saw Coach Mosley rest most of the starters in the fourth (Anthony Black being the exception). The third unit did get chased down heavily primarily by the Pacers second unit but that’s good experience. 
  • Six Magic players scored in double figures and that was in very much reduced minutes for the core players. Paolo Banchero led the team with 24 points, Franz Wagner posted 19 points. Jalen Suggs, on his return to the team having missed the last game had 18 points. From the bench Moe Wagner scored 16 points, Cole Anthony 15 and Gary Harris 13.
  • Goga Bitadze had 4 blocks, whilst Joe Ingles had 3 steals and 6 assists.
  • The starting unit was Anthony Black, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Goga Bitadze.
  • From the bench we saw Cole Anthony, Gary Harris, Jonathan Isaac, Moe Wagner and Joe Ingles as the core. Chuma Okeke, Caleb Houstan, Jett Howard and Admiral Schofield also got minutes.
  • The Magic had 21 assists, 42 rebounds, 10 steals and 10 blocks. Of the 42 free throws attempts, Orlando made 35 (83.3%).

Tonight

  • We have two players absent again through injury. Markelle Fultz remains out due to left knee tendinitis. Wendell Carter Jr after surgery on a fractured left hand middle finger will be re-evaluated in the last week of November but could be out until the new year.
  • Jett Howard has been assigned to our G-League squad, the Osceola Magic. Therefore he is unavailable as is Trevelin Queen (two-way).
  • Our starting unit should again see Anthony Black, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Goga Bitadze play.

The Toronto Raptors 

A Quick Look Back

  • Last season saw a 41-41 record, good enough for a 10th placed finish in the East. Toronto missed out on the playoffs completely after losing the 9-10 play-in game 109-105 on home court to the Chicago Bulls.
  • The summer saw head coach Nick Nurse replaced by Darko Rajakovic. In the summer they picked up guard Dennis Schroder and Jalen McDaniels. They also drafted sharp shooting guard Gradey Dick at 13.

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 6-7 Run: won 1
  • In-Season Tournament Record: 0-1 Points Differential: minus 3
  • Standing: 10th in the East (tied 10th and 11th with Brooklyn)
  • Points Per GameFor 110.8 (21st) Against 110.8 (10th)
  • RatingOffensive 23rd Defensive 7th
  • Offensively this is a team that focuses on shooting volume from inside the arc. They get good numbers in assists (Dennis Schroder is top 10 for total and per game, Scottie Barnes top 20), take the NBA’s 5th most field goal attempts and do well on offensive rebounds.
  • Defensive play is middle of the league in most categories outside of rebounding.
  • Jakob Poeltl is a grabbing offensive rebounds at a high rate, also proving highly efficient shooting the league’s second best field goal percentage at 69.9%.
  • Scottie Barnes is putting together a nice season so far. He is the team leader per game in minutes, total rebounds, points, blocks and steals.

Last Time Out For The Raptors 

  • The Raptors absolutely destroyed the Detroit Pistons with an impressive home court 113-142 win.
  • Toronto scored 30-plus points in all four quarters. Toronto opened the scoring on 15 seconds played and held the lead the throughout. 
  • 7 of the 12 Toronto players who featured scored in double digits, being led by Pascal Siakam with 23 points. Scottie Barnes and Dennis Schroder both had 17 points, along with 9 and 7 assists respectively. Jakob Poeltl produced a 16 point and 10 rebound double-double. Gary Trent Jr led the bench with 18 points.
  • Starting 5 – Dennis Schroder, OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl
  • Gary Trent Jr, Malachi Flynn, Precious Achiuwa, Chris Boucher, Gradey Dick and Jalen McDaniels were the bench unit. 

Tonight

  • The injury concerns for the Raptors sees Christian Koloko out and Thaddeus Young questionable. All three of their two-way players are unavailable on G-League assignment.
  • Expect the same units to play for the Raptors as in the previous game. Their starting unit has only varied briefly when OG Anunoby was unavailable to play. 

Head-To-Head With The Toronto Raptors

  • In 99 regular season games played and the score stands at 42-57 to 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.

As The Orlando Magic Play The Raptors – A Final Thought

  • We will reiterate that so far this season the Orlando Magic have not had a record below the .500 mark. That record has been attained despite at times playing without three starters and having a rookie guard running the point.
  • Besides being a regular season game this is an in-season tournament fixture. That means a new look court in the Amway. 
  • It also is another must win game for both teams and the winning margin could be crucial in the final reckoning. 
  • Restricting Toronto’s ball movement will be a key area for Orlando as they look to build on the 3-1 road trip as we begin a six game home stand.

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