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The Raptors will face the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night at the Amway Center in Orlando, following a feisty Toronto victory against the Magic on Sunday night. Catch our recap of the Raptors’ 115-102 win here.
Orlando, sitting in 12th position in the East with an 8-13 record, have had a rough start to the year, both on the court, as well as with their squad’s health. Coach Steve Clifford’s team is one of the least lethal in the league on the offensive end, averaging only 104.7 points-per-game, placing them in 28th in the NBA in that category. They’re also dead-last in the league in field goal percentage with 42.7%, shooting only 34.8% from three as a team. They rely heavily on Montenegrin center Nikola Vucevic working in the post, as he leads the Magic with 22.6 points-per-game and 10.9 rebounds.
The Magic have been devastated by injuries to important players so far this season. Al-Farouq Aminu, Michael Carter-Williams, Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz have all missed significant time and will miss Tuesday’s contest. To add insult to injury (literally), forward and one of Kyle Lowry’s known rivals Aaron Gordon suffered a severe ankle sprain on Sunday and will be out between four to six weeks.
The Raptors will look to replicate their strong and consistent defensive output from Sunday; something they’ve lacked too often in this early season. They managed to hold Vucevic to 15 points, displaying uncharacteristically strong defence in the paint.
The Raps were led by another strong outing by Pascal Siakam, who scored 30 points and grabbed 10 boards. However, they had a poor performance shooting from outside, hitting only 30.8% of their three-pointers. This team’s offensive ceiling is pretty high if Toronto can fire on all cylinders game in and game out, with multiple scoring options in multiple spots on the floor. The Raptors are set to play the Magic at 7:00pm, EST.