After being on the road for four of their last six, the Orlando Magic will take a trip across the pond to London, taking on the red-hot Raptors, winners of their last three. Toronto (24-15) sit only behind Cleveland in the East, while Orlando (20-18) are hanging on in the 8th spot.
Kyle Lowry and the Raptors are coming off a 108-95 victory over the 76ers in a game that saw Lowry score 10 of his 25 in the fourth quarter on Saturday. Toronto has played four straight on the road, and now takes the word “road” to a whole new meaning as they play the NBA’s sixth regular season game in London. The Raptors played in the first two from March 4-5, 2011, losing both to the then-New Jersey Nets.
Orlando’s last game was also Saturday the 9th, losing at the hands of John Wall and the Washington Wizards 105-99. Nikola Vucevic was one rebound from a double-double, finishing with 23 points and 9 boards. The Magic aren’t strangers to London either, they had a pair of exhibition games against Atlanta there in October 1993 with current coach Scott Skiles playing point guard.
After their London game, the Magic don’t play until the 18th against Atlanta. This break gave point guard Elfrid Payton the rest he needed, as he is expected to play against Toronto. Payton missed four games due to a bruised left ankle.
After losing five of their first six games in 2016, Skiles says he needs his team to get back to the way they were playing earlier in the season.
Tip-off from The O2 Arena is at 3:00 p.m. eastern time in front of a sold out 18,689.