Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors: What you need to know about the second half of the 2020-21 schedule

Following the All-Star Game, which will take place on March 7, the Toronto Raptors will open the second half of their schedule on March 11 when they take on the Atlanta Hawks.

The Raptors, who had 37 games scheduled for the first half of the season, are slated to take the floor 35 more times in the abbreviated 72-game season, which ends on Sunday, May 16, when the Indiana Pacers make their lone trip to Tampa.

Take a look at the full 35-game schedule below:

Toronto Raptors schedule, second half of 2020-21 season
Date Opponent Time
Mar. 11 Atlanta Hawks 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 13 at Charlotte Hornets 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 14 at Chicago Bulls 9:00 p.m.
Mar. 17 at Detroit Pistons 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 19 Utah Jazz 8:00 p.m.
Mar. 21 at Cleveland Cavaliers 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 22 at Houston Rockets 9:00 p.m.
Mar. 24 Denver Nuggets 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 26 Phoenix Suns 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 28 Portland Trail Blazers 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 29 at Detroit Pistons 8:00 p.m.
Mar. 31 at Oklahoma City Thunder 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 2 Golden State Warriors 7:00 p.m.
Apr. 5 Washington Wizards 7:00 p.m.
Apr. 6 Los Angeles Lakers 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 9 at Cleveland Cavaliers 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 11 at New York Knicks (NBATV) 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 13 Atlanta Hawks 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 14 San Antonio Spurs 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 16 Orlando Magic 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 18 Oklahoma City Thunder 7:00 p.m.
Apr. 21 Brooklyn Nets 7:00 p.m.
Apr. 24 at New York Knicks (ESPN) 1:00 p.m.
Apr. 26 Cleveland Cavaliers 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 27 Brooklyn Nets 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 29 at Denver Nuggets 9:00 p.m.
May 1 at Utah Jazz 10:00 p.m.
May 2 at Los Angeles Lakers (NBATV) 10:00 p.m.
May 4 at LA Clippers (TNT) 10:00 p.m.
May 6 Washington Wizards 7:30 p.m.
May 8 Memphis Grizzlies 7:30 p.m.
May 11 LA Clippers 7:30 p.m.
May 13 at Chicago Bulls 8:00 p.m.
May 14 at Dallas Mavericks 9:00 p.m.
May 16 Indiana Pacers TBD

*All times Eastern

*Bold denotes home game

Here's all you need to know about this schedule…

A 'home'-heavy schedule

The Raptors, who travelled more than any other team during the first half of the schedule, will benefit in the second half by playing just 16 of their remaining 35 games on the road.

While Tampa is only the team's temporary home, more certainty should mean more comfort in the second half of the season as a number of players have recently expressed that they have finally settled in Central Florida for the time being.

Bigger than any benefit from a temporary homecourt advantage (however minor it may be) is that the team just won't have to travel as much, making for less adjustment and literal mileage on the team.

The Raptors longest homestand comes in mid-April when they play five-consecutive games at Amalie Arena from April 13 to April 21.

Speaking of mileage…

The Longest Trip

In the first half of the season, the Raptors travelled away from Tampa for a six-game road trip while the city hosted Super Bowl LV.

In the second half, Toronto's longest road trip will be just four games long.

The Raptors head West one more time as they travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets on April 29 before travelling to take on the Utah Jazz on May 1 and closing the trip in Los Angeles with meetings against the Lakers (May 2) and the LA Clippers (May 4).

It's the second straight season in which Toronto makes just one trip to Los Angeles to face the Lakers and Clippers in succession. In November 2019, the Raptors earned a nine-point win over the Lakers before losing to the Clippers by 10 points on the next night.

With a day of rest in between meetings, the Raptors will look for a different outcome.

More back-to-backs

Back-to-backs are always a reality of the NBA schedule but especially so in a shortened year with a truncated schedule.

After playing in six sets of back-to-backs in the first half of the schedule, Toronto will play in an additional eight during the second half:

Toronto Raptors back-to-backs, second half of 2020-21 season
Date Opponent Date Opponent
1 Mar. 13 @ Charlotte Mar. 14 @ Chicago
2 Mar. 21 @ Cleveland Mar. 22 @ Houston
3 Mar. 28 vs. Portland Mar. 29 @ Detroit
4 Apr. 5 vs. Washington Apr. 6 vs. LA Lakers
5 Apr. 13 vs. Atlanta Apr. 14 vs. San Antonio
6 Apr. 26 vs. Cleveland Apr. 27 vs. Brooklyn
7 May 1 @ Utah May 2 @ LA Lakers
8 May 13 @ Chicago May 14 @ Dallas

If you need a refresher, here's how the Raptors fared during back-to-backs during the first half of the season:

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 L, 112-111
2 Jan. 24 @ Indiana W, 107-102 Jan. 25 @ Indiana L, 129-114
3 Feb. 5 @ Brooklyn W, 123-117 Feb. 6 @ Atlanta L, 132-121
4 Feb. 18 @ Milwaukee W, 110-96 Feb. 19 @ Minnesota W, 86-81
5 Feb. 23 vs. Philadelphia L, 110-103 Feb. 24 @ Miami

With the Philadelphia-Miami back-to-back yet to be decided, it should be encouraging that the Raptors got at least one win in a back-to-back in all but one set. Dating back to December 2017, the Raptors have lost on both ends of a back-to-back just once.

Opponent breakdown

In the first half of the season, the Raptors completed their season series with seven different teams: Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings.

With that in mind, Toronto will face 22 different opponents in the second half of the season, six of whom it did not meet in the first half of the season. Below, find a breakdown of how often Toronto faces each opponent, when they meet and the current season series.

Raptors' second-half opponent breakdown
Team Meetings Season Series
Atlanta Hawks 2 ATL, 1-0
Brooklyn Nets 2 TOR, 1-0
Charlotte Hornets 1 TOR, 2-0
Chicago Bulls 2 Meet on Feb. 28
Cleveland Cavaliers 3 -
Dallas Mavericks 1 TOR, 1-0
Denver Nuggets 2 -
Detroit Pistons 2 Meet on Mar. 2
Golden State Warriors 1 GSW, 1-0
Houston Rockets 1 Meet on Feb. 26
Indiana Pacers 1 TIED 1-1
LA Clippers 2 -
Los Angeles Lakers 2 -
Memphis Grizzlies 1 TOR, 1-0
New York Knicks 2 TOR, 1-0
Oklahoma City Thunder 2 -
Orlando Magic 1 TOR, 1-0
Phoenix Suns 1 PHX, 1-0
Portland Trail Blazers 1 POR, 1-0
San Antonio Spurs 1 SAS, 1-0
Utah Jazz 2 -
Washington Wizards 2 TOR, 1-0

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