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Members of the Magic core, including Terrence Ross, are expected to return to the lineup against the top-seeded Raptors

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Here's is a sentence none of us expected to say, type or read again this season: Terrence Ross is expected to play tonight.

With three games remaining this season for the Magic, Ross is listed as probable after being out since late-November with a knee injury. Also listed as probable are Aaron Gordon, who didn't play on Friday in the Magic's loss to the Hornets, and Nikola Vucevic, who has been held out of the last two games.

Add it all up and the Magic won't look quite as much like the Lakeland Magic as they have of late with Khem Birch, Rodney Purvis and Jamel Artis getting big minutes. It is up for debate whether that's a good or bad thing considering the Magic (24-55) still have a chance to move ahead of the Mavericks (24-56) and Hawks (23-57) in the Tankathon standings.

As for the Raptors, they are coming off a victory that established a single-season franchise best 57th win of the season after defeating the Pacers 92-73 behind a season-high 25 points by our old friend Serge Ibaka. Having already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the Raptors don't have much to play for outside of needing to win their final three games to reach the 60-win milestone. We'll see how much playing time DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry actually get. Although, when the Raptors beat the Magic in their last meeting, they did it without DeRozan.

The Raptors (57-22) own the second best home record in the league at 33-7, trailing only Houston. Orlando has won just three of their last 20 match-ups against the Raptors, losing both games so far this season.

Tip is set for 6 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre. Join the conversation below!