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Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors - 12/28/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Raptors (26-10) at Orlando Magic (14-19)
Date & Time Friday December 28, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Orlando Magic +7 -- Over/Under: 209.5
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The Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic meet Friday in NBA action at the Amway Center.

The Toronto Raptors look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 114.1 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 45 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 26.9 points and 8.4 rebounds while Serge Ibaka is averaging 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds. Pascal Siakam is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is dishing 9.8 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have split their last eight road games.

The Orlando Magic need a victory here in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Orlando Magic are averaging 102.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 107.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 20.2 points and 11.8 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 15.5 points and 3.2 rebounds. Aaron Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Terrence Ross is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have lost their last six home games.

The Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Magic are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Friday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Raptors are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Orlando and 3-8-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings. The under is 35-16 in Magic last 51 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 Friday games.

The Toronto Raptors haven't been the same team we saw earlier in the season due to injuries, but taking them and the chalk certainly seems like a better option than backing the Orlando Magic. The Orlando Magic are shooting just under 41 percent from the field in their last five games while being outscored by 13.6 points. At home on the season, the Magic are being outscored by 7.9 points and are 6-11 ATS at the Amway Center. Even banged up, the Raptors should be able to win rather easily when you consider other teams do it all the time against this club.

Toronto Raptors -7

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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