Toronto Raptors at Orlando Magic
|Date & Time||Sunday April 21, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Orlando +5.5 -- Over/Under 207
The Toronto Raptors will be aiming to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in Game 4 against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center on Sunday.
The Toronto Raptors have looked great in this series and they will be feeling pretty confident after taking down the Magic by 98-93 in a pivotal Game 3 on Friday. Pascal Siakam led the team with a game-high 30 points, 11 rebounds and four assists on 13 of 20 shooting, Kawhi Leonard didn’t practice in the lead up to the game, but still played and managed to finish with 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, while Kyle Lowry chipped in with 12 points and 10 assists. As a team, the Raptors shot 44 percent from the field and 11 of 28 from the 3-point line, but while Leonard struggled with his shooting as he finished five of 19 from the field, Siakam was on fire as he drained 13 of 20 shots from the field.
Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic will be hoping to level the series after falling just short in Friday’s loss. Terrence Ross led the team in scoring with 24 points on eight of 17 shooting off the bench, Nikola Vucevic added 22 points with 14 rebounds, six assists and three blocks, while Jonathan Isaac chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Magic struggled all game as they shot just 36 percent from the field and 13 of 44 from the 3-point line, but they will take some confidence from the fact that they had a chance to force overtime despite trailing by as many as 17 points late in the fourth quarter.
Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 Sunday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Magic are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, 6-2 ATS in their last eight Sunday games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine meetings, the Raptors are 2-6-1 ATS in the last nine meetings overall and the Raptors are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Orlando.
The Magic will need to stand strong and hold off the Raptors in this one if they want to stay alive in these playoffs, because I don’t see them being a threat if they fall behind 3-1 in this series. The Raptors will be delighted that they were able to wrestle back home-court advantage and they will gain plenty of confidence from the play of Siakam who stepped up big time while Leonard struggled with his shot in Game 3. The Raptors are 0-4 ATS in their last four meetings in Orlando, but with the line so low, I think the Raptors can buck that trend with a win and cover here as they move one game closer to the second round.