Orlando Magic (8-12) at Toronto Raptors (7-12)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -5.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Toronto Raptors play host to the Orlando Magic at the Amalie Arena on Sunday night.
The Orlando Magic have been in a serious slump lately as they’ve lost 10 of their last 12 games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight loss after getting routed by the Clippers in a 116-90 home loss on Friday. Terrence Ross led the team with 24 points on eight of 12 shooting off the bench while Nikola Vucevic chipped in with 10 points on four of 13 shooting, but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Magic shot just 36 percent from the field and 10 of 33 from the 3-point line as they fell behind by 14 points at halftime, before getting blown out in the second half where they managed just 42 points. Cole Anthony scored just six points on two of 10 shooting, Evan Fournier shot just three of 13 to finish with eight points while Dwayne Bacon shot just one of seven to finish with six points.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have been in a bit of a rut as they’ve lost four of their past six games and they will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight defeat after falling painfully short to the Kings in a 126-124 home loss on Friday. Pascal Siakam led the team with 32 points on 11 of 20 shooting, Fred VanVleet added 26 points with six assists and four steals while Kyle Lowry chipped in with 17 points and six assists. As a team, the Raptors shot 48 percent from the field and 13 of 32 from the 3-point line as they cut an 18-point deficit to just one point with 1:08 left in the fourth quarter, but they just couldn’t get over the hump.
Looking at the betting trends, the Magic are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games, 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine games following a loss of more than 10 points and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Raptors are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games overall.
Head to head, the under is 7-2 in the last nine meetings overall, the Magic are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Toronto and the Magic are 0-6 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
The Magic had a decent start to the season, but they’ve been a mess for a while now as their last two losses were absolute blowouts to the Kings and the Clippers. The Raptors haven’t been much better as they’ve lost their last three games, but they will surely turn things around sooner rather than later. OG Anunoby has been ruled out with a calf issues while Norman Powell is considered doubtful, but the Raptors are 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings overall and I’m banking on them to keep that trend going behind a big game from Lowry or Siakam.