Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic - 3/20/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (29-39) at Toronto Raptors (47-21)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 4:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Orlando Magic invade the Air Canada Center to take on the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
The Magic have lost six of their last eight games and are in danger of losing a third straight after falling to the Cavaliers by 109-103 on Friday. Victor Oladipo led the team with a career-high 45 points, Evan Fournier added 18 points while Jason Smith had 10, but no other player finished in double figures as the Magic were the better team for most of the game until the Cavaliers clamped down defensively in the fourth quarter and took the game away from them. Overall, it was a valiant effort from the young Magic, but the loss drops them to 29-39 on the season overall which is only good enough for 12th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
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Meanwhile, the Raptors have won six of their last seven games and will be gunning for a fourth straight win after making light work of the Celtics in a 105-91 win on Friday. Kyle Lowry dominated the game with a game-high 32 points with five assists, Luis Scola added 17 points while DeMar DeRozan had 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Raptors jumped out to lead by 30-14 after the first quarter which set the tone and allowed them to cruise to an easy victory. With the win, Toronto improves to 47-21 on the season which is good for second place in the Eastern Conference, just two games behind Cleveland who currently occupy the top spot.
In ATS trends, the Magic are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games against a team above .600 and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last six against Eastern Conference opponents.
Head to head, the Magic are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall but the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
The Magic have been in a slump lately but always seem to do well ATS when playing the elite teams in the league, but I'm still going to take the in-form Raptors to win by double digits at the Air Canada Center where they've been hard to beat all season.