The NBA has released the first half of the schedule for the 2020-21 NBA season, which is set to tip-off on Dec. 22.
The Toronto Raptors, who are set to open their season while playing home games at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL, will play five sets of back-to-backs in the first half. Toronto will embark upon its first back-to-back as it visits the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 10 and Jan. 11, respectively.
This season, back-to-backs are much more prevalent due to a condensed schedule and an effort to limit travel, which is reflected in the schedule.
Below you can find the list of back-to-backs the Raptors are set to play during the first half.
|1||Jan. 10||@ Golden State||L, 106-105||Jan. 11||@ Portland|
|2||Jan. 24||@ Indiana||Jan. 25||@ Indiana|
|3||Feb. 5||@ Brooklyn||Feb. 6||@ Atlanta|
|4||Feb. 18||@ Milwaukee||Feb. 19||@ Minnesota|
|5||Feb. 23||vs. Philadelphia||Feb. 24||@ Miami|
A closer look:
- The back-to-back in Indiana is the only one in which the Raptors play both games against the same team
- Three of the five teams that Toronto plays on the second end of a back-to-back qualified for the postseason in 2020.
- Four of the five sets of back-to-backs consist of two road games
How did the Raptors fare in back-to-backs last season? Take a look back at how they performed:
|1||Oct. 25||@ Boston||L, 106-112||Oct. 26||@ Chicago||W, 108-84|
|2||Nov. 10||@ LA Lakers||W, 113-104||Nov. 11||@ LA Clippers||L, 98-88|
|3||Dec. 8||@ Philadelphia||L, 110-104||Dec. 9||@ Chicago||W, 93-92|
|4||Dec. 22||vs. Dallas||W, 110-107||Dec. 23||@ Indiana||L, 120-115 (OT)|
|5||Dec. 28||@ Boston||W, 113-97||Dec. 29||vs. Oklahoma City||L, 98-97|
|6||Jan. 7||vs. Portland||L, 101-99||Jan. 8||@ Charlotte||W, 112-110 (OT)|
|7||Jan. 17||vs. Washington||W, 140-111||Jan. 18||@ Minnesota||W, 122-112|
|8||Jan. 30||@ Cleveland||W, 115-109||Jan. 31||@ Detroit||W, 105-92|
|9||Feb. 7||@ Indiana||W, 115-106||Feb. 8||vs. Brooklyn||W, 119-118|
|10||Mar. 8||@ Sacramento||W, 118-113||Mar. 9||@ Utah||W, 101-92|
|11||Aug. 9||vs. Memphis||W, 108-99||Aug. 10||vs. Milwaukee||W, 114-106|
A closer look:
- Toronto was 8-3 on the first half of back-to-backs last season
- The Raptors were also 8-3 on the second half of back-to-backs last season
- Nine of Toronto's 11 back-to-backs came prior to the All-Star break, with the final set coming during the NBA restart.
- Toronto won both ends of a back-to-back on five different occasions
- The Raptors have not lost consecutive games on back-to-back days since Dec. 26-27, 2017
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