Preview: Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic – April 16, 2021

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After a much-needed two days off, the Toronto Raptors are set to face the Orlando Magic tonight.

Toronto has defeated Orlando in both of the last two meetings in back-to-back games.

While the Raptors’ 4-6 record in the last 10 games may not look the strongest, the Magic are in no position to criticize. Orlando is 3-7 in their last 10 contests and are sitting at 14th in the Eastern Conference.

The Raptors have been using their rest days as of late and will continue to do so tonight. Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby have been told they are resting against the Magic.

Fred VanVleet is also set to return from his one-game suspension he served in Toronto’s win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

Terrence Ross and Wendell Carter Jr. will be the two Orlando players that Toronto needs to key on tonight. Ross leads the team with 15.8 points per game and Carter Jr. cleans up the boards with 8 rebounds per game.

Former Raptor and 905 center Donta Hall also performed well in his first game with the Magic. He put up nine rebounds in Orlando’s win over Chicago on Wednesday night, one day after signing a 10-day contract with the team.

The key to a Raptors victory tonight is to score early and often. In their last two victories, Toronto was able to score at least 30 points in the first quarter — including a 47-point first frame performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

Michael Carter-Williams and Mo Bamba are both day-to-day with injuries and are listed as questionable for the Magic tonight. Otto Porter Jr., Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz are all ruled out.

Along with the Raptors being rested tonight, Jalen Harris has also been ruled out with an ongoing hip injury. Gary Trent Jr. and DeAndre’ Bembry are both day-to-day and are listed as questionable.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. EST.

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