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The Raptors finally came out on the right side of a close game, sweeping the season series with the Magic on a buzzer-beater from DeMar DeRozan.

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The Raptors might be 3-0 against the Magic this season, but they sport a woeful 4-18 record on the road…

Start time: 7:00 PM ET

Channel: TSN

Probable starting lineups

Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson

Orlando: Jameer Nelson, JJ Redick, Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis, Nikola Vucevic

Injury report

Toronto: Andrea Bargnani, Linas Kleiza and Jonas Valanciunas are out. Mickael Pietrus is questionable

Orlando: No injuries to report

Random Thoughts:

-Andrea Bargnani was putting up “some different types of shots” before tonight’s game. Based on Dwane Casey’s comments, it seems AB will come off the bench when he returns – rightfully so. If he doesn’t thrive in that role and perhaps even if he does, there is a good chance Bryan Colangelo will try to move the much maligned, former first overall pick.

-Whoever is being defended by JJ Redick (Landry Fields or DeMar DeRozan) should have an advantage in the post and it would benefit Toronto to get Redick off the floor. He is the catalyst for a lot of Orlando’s offensive sets.

-Orlando might have an advantage on the glass, as Glen Davis and Nikola Vucevic are listed as being 88 pounds heavier than Amir Johnson and Ed Davis combined.

The Raptors cruised past the Magic in Orlando to close the 2012 portion of their schedule with back-to-back road wins and seven wins in their last eight games overall.

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The Raptors are looking for their 7th win in 8 games tonight in Orlando. These two teams met just 8 days ago with Toronto prevailing 93-90.

Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: TSN

Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Mickael Pietrus, Ed Davis, Aaron Gray
Orlando: Ish Smith, Arron Afflalo, Moe Harkless, Andrew Nicholson, Nikola Vucevic

Injury report
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas are out
Orlando: Jameer Nelson, E’Twan Moore and Glen Davis are out

Random Thoughts:

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Five Alive!

A 9-19 record only looks good when the team starts 4-19. What appeared to be a lost season with no draft pick has very quickly turned into something worthwhile. Hope doesn’t come from the fact that Toronto sits five games out of the eighth seed in the East. Hope comes from the style of basketball we’ve seen over the last six games.

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