Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic - 12/15/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (10-16) at Toronto Raptors (18-6)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -7.5 -- Over/Under: 197.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors go for a third straight win tonight when they play host to the Orlando Magic at the Air Canada Centre.
The Toronto Raptors have won five of their last seven and are going for a third straight overall win after sneaking past the Knicks by 95-90 in overtime last night. Terrence Ross led the scoring with 22 points, while Kyle Lowry filled up the stat sheet with 21 points, 11 assists and six steals as the Raptors took down the struggling Knicks. Defensively, the Raptors weren't at their best on offense, committing a season-high 23 turnovers including nine from their star point guard, but they made up for it on the defensive end by holding the Knicks to 37.2 percent shooting and 22 turnovers. With the scrappy win, Toronto improves to 18-6 on the season and 7-3 on the road.
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Meanwhile, were staring down the barrel of a third straight loss but were able to halt the skid with style on Saturday, beating the Hawks by 100-99 thanks to a buzzer beater from Tobias Harris who finished the game with a team-high 20 points. Nikola Vucevic was able to return from a six-game absence to contribute 18 points and 11 rebounds including a key block in the waning seconds to set up the win while Evan Fournier continued his strong form with 19 points to round out the scorers. The win snapped the Hawks' nine-game win streak and sent the Magic to 10-16 overall and 3-6 at home.
In ATS trends, the Magic are 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last six road games, while the Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last four games playing on zero days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Magic are 1-5-1 ATS in the last seven meetings and the Road team is 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight meetings.
I've been a fan of the Magic all season and I think they should be good enough to make this game interesting and cover the spread. However, I still think the Raptors should be good enough to continue their impressive 10-game win streak over the Magic and improve on their dominant home record.