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Orlando Magic (12-34) at Toronto Raptors (23-21)

January 29th, 2014 at 1:46 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

The Toronto Raptors are back home tonight as they play host to the struggling Orlando Magic. The Magic have lost four of their last five and hold the second worst record in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors have won three of their last four and sit third in the Eastern Conference. Both teams are headed in opposite directions, but this could definitely be a trap game for the Raptors. With a five-game Western Conference road trip coming up, the Raptors can't afford to look past the Magic and must first take care of business tonight. This is the first of three meetings between the teams.

Here are some notes for tonight's game:

  • The Raptors have won four in a row against the Magic and look to make it five straight for the first time in franchise history.
  • The Magic have lost nine straight games on the road. They are 3-20 on the road this season.
  • The Raptors have had at least one player score more than 30 points in each of the last four games.
  • Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan is questionable for tonight's game with an ankle injury. DeRozan is averaging a team-best 21.8 points per game. Steve Novak replaced DeRozan in the starting lineup on Monday, but it is unknown whether he will start tonight.
  • Kyle Lowry stepped up in a big way on Monday with the loss of DeRozan. Lowry had 31 points, seven assists, five rebounds, and five steals, while making four three pointers in a win over the Brooklyn Nets.
  • Tyler Hansbrough, who has missed the last 14 games, will be a game-time decision for the Raptors due to an ankle injury. Forward Patrick Patterson is expected to go back to wearing a mask tonight due to his damaged nose.
  • Magic guard Arron Afflalo is averaging 20.3 points per game this season. Rookie guard Victor Oladipo is averaging 13.9 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, and 3.8 assists per game off the bench.

Projected Starters

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry, Terrence Ross, TBD, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas

Orlando Magic: Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, Tobias Harris, Glen Davis, Jason Maxiell

Tonight's game starts at 7 pm. ET and can be seen on TSN2.

Let's Go Raptors!

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Tags: ARRON AFFLALO, Basketball, Demar Derozan, Kyle Lowry, MAGIC, NBA, ORLANDO MAGIC, RAPTORS, Terrence Ross, Toronto, Toronto Raptors, VICTOR OLADIPO

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