Week 7 Preview: Raptors Uprising return to regular season action vs. Magic Gaming

TORONTO, Canada—With one thing in mind, the undefeated Raptors Uprising GC get back to work on Tuesday when the team takes on Magic Gaming in Week 7 of the NBA 2K League regular season.

Raptors Uprising (9-0), who are coming off their first tournament win in franchise history, will have the opportunity to tie the NBA 2K League record for consecutive regular-season wins (10—Mavs Gaming, 2019) with a victory on Tuesday.

However, when speaking with some of the players, the record is simply an afterthought.

“Honestly, we’re not really thinking about (the record),” said rookie power forward Legit 973. “We’re just trying to win games. We really want to get that No. 1 seed, and whatever gets us that No. 1 seed is what we’re going to do.”

Toronto has yet to lose a series this season, ruling with a 29-4 record between tournament and regular-season play. The team sits atop the NBA 2K League standings with a 3.5 game lead with seven games left to play.

Magic Gaming (2-5) are hoping to play spoiler after getting off to a slow start in their third NBA 2K League season. The team from Orlando recently snapped a five-game losing streak their last time out, a 2-1 series win over Kings Guard Gaming. Orlando followed that up by going 2-2 in pool play at THE TIPOFF tournament, missing out on advancing to the quarter-finals.

Despite their struggles this season, Magic Gaming has managed to find success against Toronto in the past, owning a 2-1 series lead all-time, most recently defeating Raptors Uprising (50-72) in Week 7 a season ago.

Orlando has since added three new faces to their preexisting core of Reizey, ToXsiK, and DT: centre May via trade from Pistons GT, former Celtics Crossover Gaming sharpshooter Profusion at the draft, as well as rookie guard Djbama.

“We know that Magic Gaming have had a slow start to the season,” said Legit 973. “They’ve been having some issues on the offensive side, so we’re looking to get off to a hot start quick, and get Reizey off to a rough start, so we can just take off on them.”

Magic Gaming’s player to watch is the aforementioned Reizey, the reigning NBA 2K League Rookie of the Year. The 2019 ninth-overall pick has once again been carrying the load offensively for his side lining up at point guard, recording more than 20 points in each of their four tournament games.

He’ll be matched up against the league’s best defender in Timelycook, who has shown that he can also be an elite two-way player in 2020. Entering Tuesday’s contest, the Season 3 first-round pick is averaging 15.4 points, 4.0 steals, while also maintaining a staggering 87.5 true-shooting percentage in his second season in the league.

Combine that with the production they’ve received out of point guard Kenny Got Work, THE TIPOFF tournament MVP, and there isn’t a better guard-combo in the league.

In the frontcourt, Toronto has also received outstanding production out of brothers Sick One and Legit 973. Sick has recorded 14 double-doubles in his last 15 games, while Legit is coming off a career-high 15 points in Raptors Uprising’s THE TIPOFF finals win over Kings Guard Gaming.

Stat to Watch: 16-0 – When Toronto records 20 or more assists in a game, the team is a perfect 16-0 this season. When they don’t, the team is just 2-3. It’s no secret that Raptors Uprising are a side that is willing to share the rock; point guard Kenny Got Work directs traffic, while centre Sick One plays almost as a secondary playmaker at the 5-spot, averaging 6.7 assists per game. If Orlando can’t take away the passing lanes and limit the Raptors Uprising’s ball movement, it could spell serious trouble for their side.

Key Matchup: Kenny Got Work vs. ToXsiK – Two of the more popular players around the NBA 2K League community will go head-to-head Tuesday night, as Raptors Uprising point guard Kenny Got Work will look to continue his MVP-calibre season matched up against ToXsiK. Known for his work on defence, can ToXsiK slow down this version of Kenny? So far, there hasn’t been a lockdown defender in the league that can. We’ll see if the Magic Gaming veteran has any tricks up his sleeve for this one.

How to Watch: As always, fans can watch Raptors Uprising play Magic Gaming on Tuesday (9 p.m. EST) in its entirety via the Twitch Command Center, which is available on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch channel. The match will also be televised on Sportsnet ONE and ESPN’s digital platforms, plus streamed on the league’s YouTube channel.