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  • Tonight it is the Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic in a game that sees the Magic start an 8 game homestand. This period will be pivotal in determining where the Magic finish the season.

Regular Season Game 68 – Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic 

  • Venue – Kia Center, Orlando, Florida  
  • Tip time here in the U.K. is 10pm, which is 6pm in Orlando.
  • 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: 40-28
  • Run: Won 2 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 17-19
  • Standing: 5th in the East
  • Points Per GameFor 110.7 Against 109.2
  • RatingOffensive 24th Defensive 4th

Last Time Out – vs Toronto Raptors 

  • The Magic battled their way to a 113-103 victory on the road over the Toronto Raptors. 
  • The Magic responded strongly after Toronto were able to scrap and shoot their way to grab a lead with under 5 minutes left of the 3rd quarter. A 17-2 run by the Magic followed. 
  • Toronto played at pace and were red hot on shooting from 3-point-range. That translated to 37 fast break points and making 41.2% of their 3-point efforts. 
  • As good as the Raptors were from three the Magic were also lethal. Orlando got into the paint at will, allowing for a decent amount of kick-back-threes. Orlando ultimately fired home 45.2% from beyond the arc. 
  • Franz Wagner finished with a team-high 19 points.
  • Paolo Banchero flirted with a triple double, recording 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.
  • Jalen Suggs scored 16 points. 
  • Wendell Carter Jr put up 15 points and 8 rebounds.  
  • Cole Anthony led the bench with 12 valuable points. 
  • The starting lineup was Jalen Suggs, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr.
  • From the bench came a core of Jonathan Isaac, Markelle Fultz, Cole Anthony, Joe Ingles and Moritz Wagner. Caleb Houstan made a late cameo.
  • Anthony Black, Goga Bitadze and Chuma Okeke were all available but did not play.
  • Admiral Schofield, Jett Howard, Kevon Harris and Trevelin Queen were all inactive for the Magic.

Tonight

  • Jonathan Isaac is being rested, listed as out for left knee injury management.
  • Jett Howard is available having been recalled from the G-League with the Osceola Magic.
  • Trevelin Queen and Kevon Harris are also listed as available.
  • Therefore, barring any late issues expect that Coach Mosley runs with the same starting unit but will run a different rotation from the bench with JI out.

The Toronto Raptors 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 23-44 Run: Lost 6 and are at 2-8 in the last 10 played.
  • Standing: 12th in the East 
  • Points Per GameFor 113.9 Against 118.1
  • RatingOffensive 22nd Defensive 23rd
  • The Raptors have a 10-24 road record.
  • Toronto take a lot of 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 are in the midst of an injury crisis to many 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 (17.9), Gary Trent Jr (12.7), Kelly Olynyk (11.8) and Jakob Poeltl (11.1).

Last Time Out For The Toronto Raptors 

  • Toronto as we have said took a home court loss to the Magic.
  • Gary Trent Jr shot the ball superbly, getting 31 points, including making 7-of-11 three pointers. Immanuel Quickley contributed with a 10 point and 10 assists double-double. Kelly Olynyk also hit 10 points. 
  • From the bench Jordan Nwora led with 14 points. Bruce Brown registered 12 points and 5 assists, whilst Jah’mius Ramsey rounded out the double-digit scoring with 10 points.
  • Starting 5 – Immanuel Quickley, Gradey Dick, Gary Trent Jr, Ochai Agbaji, Kelly Olynyk
  • From the bench came Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwora, Jontay Porter and Jah’mius Ramsey.
  • Jalen McDaniels, Javon Freeman-Liberty and Garrett Temple were unused by the coach.
  • 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 again 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. 
  • Mouhamadou Gueye is listed as out being a two-way player.
  • Head coach Darko Rajakovic will likely use the same starting 5 as in the last matchup.

Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic – Head-To-Head

  • In 101 regular season games played the score stands at 44-57 to the Raptors.
  • This is the final meeting of the season, with Orlando having a 2-0 record so far. The initial meeting this season came on game day 14 (November 21st). 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. This will be the first season since 2011-12 that Orlando won the series. Since that season the Raptors have recorded winning streaks of 5, 9 and 11 games. 

A Final Thought For Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic

  • Toronto are not officially eliminated from the postseason but are adrift of the play-in 10th seed berth by 7 wins. The Raptors will continue to play with pride and through enforced changes they have players trying to make the most of the opportunity.
  • The Raptors currently hold the NBA’s longest active losing streak.
  • Defence will remain 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.
  • For the Magic holding a lead going into the final quarter has been a key statistic for taking a win. When the Magic have a lead at that point of the game this season they hold a 32-1 record.
  • The Magic at home are 13-0 this season against teams that are presently sitting at under .500. Toronto are in this category as are half of Orlando’s remaining home fixtures.
  • For Orlando every game is important. From the New York Knicks in the 4th seed position with a 40-27 record to Miami in 8th with their 36-30 record only four wins separate the 5 positions. Tonight the Heat are playing in Detroit again in an early tip (7pm U.K.).

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