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Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic: Game preview, TV channel, start time

Who's Playing

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

TV: TSN

Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON

Game Preview

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.

Nikola Vucevic, last 5 games vs. Toronto (reg. and postseason)
Date Stats Result
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.

Injury Report

Magic

  • Michael Carter-Williams (hip) - Out
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) - Questionable

Raptors

  • Serge Ibaka (ankle) - Out
  • Stanley Johnson (groin) - Out
  • Kyle Lowry (thumb) - Out

Game Notes

  • 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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