Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors
|Date & Time||Monday April 1, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto -8.5
The Toronto Raptors play host to the Orlando Magic at the Scotiabank Arena on Monday night.
The Orlando Magic have been on a great run lately as they’ve won seven of their last eight games and they will be looking to stay hot after sneaking past the Pacers in a 121-116 road win on Saturday. Aaron Gordon led the team with 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Nikola Vucevic added 19 points, Terrence Ross scored 16 points while DJ Augustin chipped in with 11 points and 10 assists. As a team, the Magic shot 51 percent from the field and 15 of 38 from the 3-point line as they kept up the pace with the scrappy Pacers for three tight quarters until pulling away in the fourth quarter where they held the Pacers to just 24 points in what was a free-flowing game. With the tough win, Orlando improved to 38-39 overall and 15-23 on the road which is good for ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have been in pretty good form themselves as they’ve won eight of their last 12 games and they will be aiming for a fourth straight win after blowing past the Bulls in a 124-101 road win on Saturday. Serge Ibaka led the team with 23 points and 12 rebounds, Fred VanVleet added 23 points with six assists, Marc Gasol scored 17 points with six assists while Norman Powell chipped in with 15 points and four assists off the bench. As a team, the Raptors shot 51 percent from the field and a sizzling 18 of 38 from the 3-point line as they took control of the game with 41 points in the second quarter and never looked back as they were simply overpowered for the shorthanded Bulls. With the win, Toronto improved to 54-23 overall and 24-14 on the road which is good for second place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Magic are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record, 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Raptors are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a win and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games against a team with a road record below .400.
Head to head, the home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the Magic are 4-0-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Magic are 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Toronto.
The Magic have been quietly playing some of their best basketball lately and they’re coming into this one fresh off a tough road win over the Pacers, but the Raptors are always a tough team to beat, especially in their own building. These teams have already met three times this season with the Magic taking the last two meetings by double-digits, so I’m leaning towards the Magic and the points as they are 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Toronto.