Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, Gary Forbes, James Johnson, Andrea Bargnani, Aaron Gray
Orlando: Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, Ryan Anderson, Dwight Howard
Toronto: Jerryd Bayless is probable, James Johnson has “flu-like symptoms” and will be a game-time decision, while DeMar DeRozan will miss another game.
Orlando: No significant injuries to report.
Tonight is the first game of a five-game homestand for the Raptors, but the first three games are against the Magic, Nuggets and Heat so it could be more like “home sweep home”, right? Sorry. Anyway, the Magic are currently third in the Eastern Conference — five games behind the Heat and four games ahead of the Sixers — so I don’t know how motivated they are as long as they don’t go on a spectacular tumble. They’ve beaten the Raptors twice already this season, but by just 10 points combined. Could the Raptors steal one tonight?
Don’t count on it if all three of Jerryd Bayless, James Johnson and DeMar DeRozan are out of the lineup. If Bayless does return to the lineup tonight, it will be interesting to see how the backcourt minutes will be distributed between him and Gary Forbes. After his first career double-double Saturday night against the Bulls, coach Dwane Casey might want to give Forbes heavy minutes matched up with six-foot-six two guard Jason Richardson.
Since Glen Davis is in town, here he is gettin’ down with The Basketball Jones‘ Dancing Hedo!