NBA action will see the Toronto Raptors take on the Orlando Magic tonight. Here we look at the preview, TV Schedule for the game.
The red-hot Toronto Raptors will take on the Orlando Magic tonight.While the Raptors sit comfortably at the second spot in the east, Magic sit 8th behind the Nets who are 0.5 games ahead of them.
The Raptors have defeated the Lakers and the Heat in their first two league games in the bubble. The Orlando Magic defeated the depleted Nets and the Kings in their first two league games but were thumped by the Pacers in their next game.
The critics have been eating their own words about their predictions on Raptors before the start of the season. Most of them predicted the defending champions to not have a decent chance this season after they lost the reigning finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to the Clippers.
The Raptors will look to stamp their authority in the East in their remaining games while the Magic will look to overtake the Nets to avoid a first round clash against reigning MVP Giannis and his Milwaukee Bucks.
Where to watch Raptors vs Magic on TV and Online?
NBA TV will be streaming the game. It can be accessed via the official NBA website or the mobile application. Use the mobile app to watch the game on your phones, tablets or consoles.
You’ll need to buy the NBA League pass in order to watch access NBA TV.
The game is slated for a 8 PM ET tip-off and will be streamed on FOX SPORTS FLORIDA. TSN RADIO 1050 TORONTO will provide the radio coverage of the game.
Team Preview – Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have been in blazing form in the last two games. Kyle Lowry dismantled title favorites LeBron’s Lakers to send a stern message to the rest of the league. Nick Nurse has been instrumental in shaping his squad to challenge for the title again. The Raptors have responded well to their coach as four of their stars are averaging their career-best stats in points scored this season
— NBA (@NBA) August 3, 2020
Kyle Lowry has averaged almost 20 points per game this season while Pascal Siakam has attained stardom this season after leading the squad from the front. Lowry and OG Anunoby led the scoring against the Lakers while Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet got the job done against the Heat. The Raptors have not only out-scored their opponents but their defense has been rock solid this season.
Expected starting line-up: Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol
Team Preview – Orlando Magic
The Magic defeated the Nets to temporarily move up to 7th spot but relinquished it after losing to the Indiana Pacers. Jonathan Isaac tore the ACL in his left knee, which was the same knee he injured on Jan. 1. The Magic played some great basketball in the first game though.
Let’s keep it going. pic.twitter.com/xDmC3CRYys
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) August 4, 2020
Aaron Gordon scored 20 points and 7 rebounds, Vucevic scored 24 points and 10 rebounds and Ross scored 20 points off the bench against the Pacers.
The franchise has some tough games ahead of them. The Magic face Raptors, 76ers and Celtics in the next three clashes starting tonight. The Magic have struggled on the defensive end and have given away an average of 118 points in their 3 games in the bubble.
Magic will now have to play out of their skins and stay really focussed if they have to clinch that final playoff spot.
Expected starting line-up: Markelle Fultz, Evan Fournier, James Ennis III, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic
Expect the Raptors to steamroll the Magic considering their current form and multiple scorers. Kyle Lowry, van Vleet and Siakam are in unbelievable scoring and defensive form. The Raptors are clicking as a unit and hence, it will be extremely difficult for the ‘Aaron Gordon dependent Magic’ to get anything out of this game.
Moreover, Magic have been hapless defensively, something that won’t go in their favour against the well-oiled Raptors offense.