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Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic - 4/13/19 NBA - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors
Date & Time Saturday April 13, 2019, 5:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto, Ontario
The Line
The Line: Toronto Raptors -9 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors meet Saturday in game one of the NBA playoffs at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Orlando Magic are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12, the last year Stan Van Gundy coached the team. The Orlando Magic are averaging 107.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 106.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 20.8 points and 12 rebounds while Aaron Gordon is averaging 15.8 points and 7.4 rebounds. Evan Fournier is the third double-digit scorer and Terrence Ross is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last eight road games.

The Toronto Raptors are in the playoffs for a sixth straight year and have their eyes on their first ever NBA Final appearance. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 114.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 108.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds while Pascal Siakam is averaging 16.9 points and 6.9 rebounds. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is dishing 8.7 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won five of their last seven home games.

The Magic are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest, 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Raptors are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Magic are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 4-1-1 in Raptors last 6 home games. The over is 7-0 in Magic last 7 overall.

The Raptors won the last meeting less than two weeks ago by 12 points, but the Magic have won two of the last three meetings overall against Toronto. While the Raptors have been the more consistent team over the course of the season, there's been no team hotter since the all-star break than the Magic, and they're winning their last five games by an average of 10.8 points while shooting 50.4 percent from the field. The Raptors are also just 11-17 ATS this season when favored by nine or more points. The Magic are a sneaky good team that could provide problems if they're able to carry what they've done these past two months into the playoffs. I'll take a shot with the points.

Pick:
Orlando Magic +9

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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