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2020-21 NBA schedule: Breaking down the back-to-backs on the Toronto Raptors schedule

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.

Toronto Raptors back-to-backs, First half of 2020-21 season
Date Opponent Result Date Opponent Result
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:

Toronto Raptors back-to-backs, 2019-20 season
Date Opponent Result Date Opponent Result
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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