Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic
Records: Raptors (9-4), Magic (6-7)
Where to Watch
Date: Nov. 20, 2019
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
For the second time in this young season, the Orlando Magic make their way to Scotiabank Arena to take on the Toronto Raptors.
Things will look quite different the second time around as the Raptors will be without the injured Serge Ibaka, Stanley Johnson and Kyle Lowry. It was 26 points from Lowry that led the Raptors to their first win over the Magic less than a month ago, while Pascal Siakam added 24 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
Since dropping Game 1 of the opening round of last year's playoffs, the Raptors have now won five straight over the Magic.
A big reason for Toronto's recent dominance over Orlando is Marc Gasol and the ways in which his defence has stymied All-Star centre Nikola Vucevic.
MORE: Gasol has every answer for stopping Vucevic and the Magic
Vucevic, who is averaging 18.2 points (on 46.1% shooting), 12.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game this season, was limited to just five points (on 1-for-13 shooting) in the first meeting and sat for the final 15 minutes.
|Oct. 28, 2019||5 PTS (1-13 FG), 12 REB, 2 AST in 25 MIN||Raptors 104, Magic 95|
|Apr. 23, 2019||6 PTS (3-10 FG), 7 REB, 1 AST in 17 MIN||Raptors 115, Magic 96|
|Apr. 21, 2019||11 PTS (5-14 FG), 5 REB, 2 AST in 32 MIN||Raptors 107, Magic 85|
|Apr. 19, 2019||22 PTS (7-13 FG), 14 REB, 6 AST in 39 MIN||Raptors 98, Magic 93|
|Apr. 16, 2019||6 PTS (3-7 FG), 6 REB, 3 AST in 25 MIN||Raptors 111, Magic 82|
Orlando's big man enters Wednesday's meeting as the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week; over his last four games, he's averaging 20.8 points while shooting 52.3% from the field and 57.1% from deep to go along with 14.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 blocks.
Vucevic's performance is a big key to the Magic's success and the Raptors will again look to neutralize him on the offensive end.
It's the first game of a four-game road trip for the Magic, a team that is still in search of its first win on the road this season. Conversely, the Raptors are one of just four teams that have yet to lose at home this season.
While Toronto looks to continue its dominance at Scotiabank Arena, Orlando seeks to right the ship away from home.
- Michael Carter-Williams (hip) - Out
- Jonathan Isaac (ankle) - Questionable
- Serge Ibaka (ankle) - Out
- Stanley Johnson (groin) - Out
- Kyle Lowry (thumb) - Out
- The Raptors are one of just four teams to remain undefeated at home, along with the Celtics, Heat and 76ers.
- Orlando is one of just two teams in the NBA that has yet to win away from home, Oklahoma City is the other.
- This season, Toronto leads the league in 3-point percentage (.405) while Orlando is 29th (.305).
- Terrence Ross (363 games) and DJ Augustin (10 games) each spent time with the Raptors earlier in their career.
- Toronto has won seven of its last nine regular season games over Orlando and 11 of its last 14 overall.
- The Raptors currently rank first in the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.407) and has held opponents below 40% shooting five times this season.
Last Time They Played
Date: Oct. 28, 2019
Score: Raptors 104, Magic 95
Raptors: Kyle Lowry - 26 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds
Magic: Jonathan Isaac - 24 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks
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