Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic
Records: Raptors (44-16); Magic (27-33)
Where to Watch
Date: Feb. 24
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Radio: TSN 1050
Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
The Raptors welcome the Orlando Magic into Scotiabank Arena Sunday afternoon.
They will be without Kawhi Leonard (load management) for the 17th time this season, per Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun .
It is the first meeting between the teams since Orlando used a big performance from Nikola Vucevic to hand Toronto its biggest loss of the season (29 points).
Vucevic has been excellent all season, earning the first All-Star selection of his career by averaging career bests of 20.5 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 blocks per game. Thanks in part to the career year from its All-Star centre, the Magic are within two games of the East's final playoff spot with just over 20 games remaining in the season.
After Vucevic, Orlando has benefitted from the offensive contributions of D.J. Augustin, Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier and former Raptor Terrence Ross - three players that each average at least 11.0 points per game.
While Gordon is the team's second-leading scorer at 15.8 points per game, Fournier has emerged as the team's go-to guy in late-game situations. The 26-year-old Frenchman is averaging 15.1 points per game and is 5-for-9 on shots to tie the game or take the lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime this season, one of which came against Toronto on Nov. 20.
After a tough one-point home loss to the Bulls, the Magic will look to get back on track as they begin a two-game road trip Sunday. Orlando is 11-17 away from the Amway Center this year and plays 13 of its last 22 games on the road.
The Raptors' seven-game win streak is the longest current streak in the NBA - it is their fifth winning streak of five games or more this season.
Serge Ibaka recorded 13 points and a season-high 15 rebounds against San Antonio Friday. Ibaka has now scored 10 or more points in a career-high-tying 21 straight games, averaging 15.9 points and shooting 50.9 percent from the field during this stretch.
Dating back to the 2012-13 season, Toronto has won 19 of its last 23 meetings with Orlando.
In the most recent meeting between the Raptors and Magic, Nikola Vucevic finished with 30 points, 19 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a block.
The Magic have re-emerged into the Eastern Conference playoff picture by winning seven of their last 10 games. 1.5 games separate Orlando from Charlotte, who currently hold the East's No. 8 seed.
Last Time They Played
Date: Dec. 28, 2018
Score: Magic 116, Raptors 87
Raptors: Kawhi Leonard - 21 points (7-19 FG), six rebounds, one block
Magic: Nikola Vucevic - 30 points (12-17 FG), 19 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block