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Busy day in these parts, as we’ve got a back-to-back, I just finished recording tomorrow’s Rapcast (with Alex Rucker, the Raptors’ Director of Analytics), and I’m doing the play-by-play for an NCAA D-II game tonight and have to start prepping (if you were curious, I do play-by-play for the UBC Thunderbirds men’s and women’s teams for about half of their home games, too).

Anyway, after a tough but impressive overtime loss to the Miami Heat last night, the 15-27 Raptors make the short trek to Orlando to take on the 14-27 Magic. Toronto is 3-0 against Orlando so far this season, but this is a slightly different looking Magic team than we last saw – they have Glen Davis back and have inserted J.J. Reddick into the starting line-up, sliding (I Used To Be Jealous Of) Arron Afflalo to the small forward position.

Let’s have a quick look at the teams and then let the comments dominate.

Tale of the Tape
O-Rating: Toronto 106.5 (11th), Orlando 103.2 (21st)
D-Rating: Orlando 107.2 (24th), Toronto 108.7 (26th)
Pace: Orlando 91.6 (17th), Toronto 89.9 (25th)

Previous Meetings
Nov. 18, Toronto 97 Orlando 86 – Glen Davis posts a double-double but the Reddick-less Magic can’t get anything going offensively, shooting 40% with just four threes. DeMar DeRozan has 20-and-9, Jose Calderon has 18 assists, and only Andrea Bargnani really struggled (7-of-19).

Dec. 21, Toronto 93 Orlando 90 – Terrence Ross flies, having his monster put-back jam over Reddick and the steal-and-windmill play, scoring 13 points. Six Raptors score in double figures and even though the team shoots just 41%, they hit eight threes and go 19-of-21 at the stripe to squeeze out the win. Orlando shoots 50% but turns the ball over 18 times to lose their advantage. Gustavo Ayon and Nikola Vucevic both go off for double-doubles while Arron Afflalo is left unguarded repeatedly en route to 26 points.

Dec. 29, Toronto 123 Orlando 88 – Six players score in double figure for the Raptor and three more score six or more points. Landry Fields comes back to life, Kyle Lowry gets in on the fun, DeRozan actually plays well and attacks, and Ross scores 16 off the bench. The team shoots 56%, goes 16-of-27 on threes and 16-of-21 at the line and only commits eight turnovers. Andrew Nicholson inexplicably scores 22 points but nobody else shows up for the Magic, including Reddick and Afflalo, who combine to shoot 7-for-26.

The Picks
Vegas: Orlando -4
Hollinger: Pick-em
Blake: Raptors by 7. I know it might be silly to suggest a full sweep, but I think the Raptors will be jacked up from last night’s performance rather than let down, and it will carry over to tonight. I also don’t see the Raptors as a team susceptible to “Miami Flu,” as they don’t seem like the most outgoing party bunch.

Maybe the Magic have some tricks up their sleeves though. (They’re called illusions, Michael. Tricks are what whores do for money…and candy.)

Again, sorry for the abbreviated pre-game post. Have at it in the comments.

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  • Oignb

    with no draftpick waiting ed and ross need to get consistent minutes from game to game

    • BCBargnaniJoseCaseyGots2Go!!!

      TRoss (26 mins) needs to get the minutes that Fields (35 mins) is now getting- point blank, if he is to develop over this season for next season.

      I can see TRoss taking DD’s starting SG spot or starting beside him sooner rather than later.

      BC has publicly dissed TRoss twice during Raptors games thus Casey is under no pressure to play him more than he seemingly deems fit game to game.

      Back to the game I don’t see the Raptors geting the W and a 4 game sweep of Orlando in the season series as Davis is back and they are at home well rested.

      I thought the Raptors would be 15-28 after this Orlando game when the Raptors were 14-22 (thought that they might beat Orl not LAL) so I’ll ride that out even if the Magic are coming off of a 105-90 loss on the road at Detriot (16-25) on Tuesday. *ADrummond had 11 & 11 in Detroit’s win.

      Plus the Magic have Ish Smith one of my favorite NBA names…..lol

  • Djones

    Great Kendrick Lamar reference. 

    • Oignb

      and arrested development what a post

    • sleepz


      That kid’s the realness hip hop lacks nowadays.

    • Adriiian

      Yes. Kendrick. Smoking weeeeed with youuuuuuuu.

  • Pocahantas

    Bargnani, Kleiza, Lowry for Dwight Howard— go for it BC!

  • KJ-B

    Believe it or not.  But these Raps despite the lapses from players/Coach(es) actually have a great chance to go 3-1 this week and gain games against .500!  

    If they play can like they did last night/Sunday no way Orlando can beat em on, even on a back to back.  Cleveland doesn’t really travel well…

  • Destro

    They’re due for a loss to Orlando and back to back i would bet the -4 on the magic

    • FAQ

      Our deevelopment boys will surprise us …. beeelieve it..!!!

  • big red

    Best Arrested Development-basketball cross-reference ever.

  • KaioKev

    They’ll be tired tonight.

    • FAQ

      They’re young and energetic and will bounce and rebound back quickly… just watch.

  • Yelaroth

    Thinking big game from Boss Davis, as I believe Casey rested him 4th quarter yesterday to try garner energy for today’s game,

    • BCBargnaniJoseCaseyGots2Go!!!

      You’re giving Casey too much credit there, kiddo…lol

  • Destro

    Ed Davis contrary to that idiot posters opinion is playing a great game on the defensive end,despite being undersized…

    He was quick on the help and rotations,he was boxing out,grabbing boards and altering shots…Dont be fooled by the haters hes most definitely an above average defender dare i say a good defender…

    • DumbassKicker

      At first I thought you were just a common troll, but you really are that simple, aren’t you? Be gentle, folks.

      • Destro

        Just stick to meaningless posts about meaningless sabermetric stats ya fakkit…..dweebs like you pretend on the internet…

  • Destro

    Fuck you haters !!!!!!!!!!!!

    • DumbassKicker

      Voila! hmmm, maybe drop that be gentle suggestion

      • Destro

        I would bet your about 5-6 and have never dribbled a ball in your life…

        • DumbassKicker

          I’ve always been kind to dumb animals, but when they bite……

          “I would bet” you’ve never made it through a book without pictures.

  • RaptorFan

    Yea baby!!! For you Demar Derozan haters!! Take that take that (P. Diddy voice) lol

    Demar Derozan hits the game winner! WOÔOOOO

    • RaptorFan

      BIG bounce back game for Demar! We deserved this one!

  • 511

    Oh MY that was sweet!  

    • DumbassKicker

      Damn straight!!