Raptors vs. Magic - 1/14/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (24-15) at Orlando Magic (20-18)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm (O2 Arena)
The Line: Orlando Magic +3 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBATV, RSN-, FSFL
The Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic square off early Thursday afternoon at The O2.
The Toronto Raptors look to remain hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 100.2 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 96.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 22.9 points and 4.4 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.7 points and 6.4 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.9 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.9 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.9 turnovers per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last 10 home games.
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The Orlando Magic need a big win after losing five of their last six games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 98.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 98.6 points on 44 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 17.1 points and 8.3 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 13.8 points and 2.7 assists. Tobias Harris is grabbing 7.1 rebounds and Victor Oladipo is dishing 3.9 assists. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Magic are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last eight home games. Elfrid Payton is questionable with an ankle injury.
The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Southeast. The Magic are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The home team is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Always hard to cap theses games overseas, as you're not sure how the travel effects teams and what not. However, the Raptors are in better form than the Magic and have more experienced players to deal with this type of stuff. I'll side with Toronto in this spot.