Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 23, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto -11.5 -- Over/Under 205
The Toronto Raptors play host to the Orlando Magic in Game 5 at the Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday night.
The Orlando Magic will be fighting to keep their season alive after getting blown out by the Raptors in a 107-85 home loss in Game 4. Aaron Gordon led the team with 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Evan Fournier added 19 points while Nikola Vucevic chipped in with 11 points, but no other player scored more than eight points. As a team, the Magic shot just 42 percent from the field and seven of 33 from the 3-point line as they fought hard early in the game, but they just left themselves too much ground to make up after allowing the Raptors to take a 16-point lead going into halftime. The Magic needed more production from DJ Augustin who finished with just eight points in 30 minutes of action and Terrence Ross who finished with just five points in 31 minutes off the bench.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors are now just one win away from advancing to the second round after making light work of the Magic on in Game 4. Kawhi Leonard had to play through an illness in the Raptors’ narrow win in Game 3, but he was back to his best last night as he led the team with 34 points on 12 of 20 shooting, Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam each scored 16 points while Kyle Lowry chipped in with just nine points and nine assists. As a team, the Raptors shot a healthy 53 percent from the field and 11 of 28 from the 3-point line, but they couldn’t shake the Magic until late in the second quarter where they went on a 15-3 run to lead by 16 points at halftime. Defensively, the Raptors would’ve been disappointed with their start as they allowed the Magic to make their first six shots, but they finished strong as they held the Magic to just 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Looking at the betting trends, the Magic are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record, 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against the Eastern Conference and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Raptors are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games playing on one days rest, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Tuesday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Head to head, the under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings, the home team is 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine meetings and the Magic are 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine meetings overall.
The Magic kicked off the series with a thrilling road win, but it’s been all one-way traffic since then as the Raptors have simply been too deep and too talented. It is now do-or-die for the Magic who are playing for their playoff lives, but unless they can get big performances from Ross, Vucevic and Gordon, I don’t see anything but an easy win for the Raptors. The line seems a little hefty, but the Raptors have been a class above and should be too good once again.