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Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors - 4/23/19 NBA Game 5 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors
Date & Time Tuesday April 23, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto, Ontario
The Line
The Line: Toronto Raptors -11.5 -- Over/Under: 206
TV Channel
NBATV
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The Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors meet Tuesday in game five of the NBA playoffs at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Orlando Magic need a victory here in order to force a game six on Thursday. The Orlando Magic are averaging 91 points on 38.9 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Aaron Gordon is averaging 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds while Terrence Ross is averaging 13.5 points and 1.5 assists. Evan Fournier is the third double-digit scorer and Nikola Vucevic is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 30.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have won five of their last eight road games.

The Toronto Raptors look for a fourth straight victory to advance to the second round. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 104.3 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 91 points on 38.9 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 28 points and 6.5 rebounds while Pascal Siakam is averaging 22.3 points and nine rebounds. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Serge Ibaka is grabbing eight rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 84.7 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 30.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last nine home games.

The Magic are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games, 17-6-1 ATS in their last 24 vs. NBA Atlantic and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Raptors are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Conference Quarterfinals games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 5-0 in Raptors last 5 overall. The under is 4-0 in Magic last 4 overall.

The Orlando Magic have put up a good fight in majority of this series but simply don't have the firepower to hang around with 48 minutes. This has the feel of being one of those eliminating games where the underdog knows it's beaten and kind of just rolls over in the second half and accepts defeat. The Orlando Magic are 11-4-2 ATS in their last 17 games when a double-digit underdog. The Toronto Raptors have split their last eight games ATS when a double-digit favorite. While the trends suggest taking the Magic and the points, the Raptors have shown they can open these games up and have won these last three games by an average of 18.6 points. I have to eat the chalk if forced to pick this game.

Pick:
Toronto Raptors -11.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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