Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 11-20-2018




Toronto Raptors (13-4) vs Orlando Magic (8-8)

Date : 11/20/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic

The Toronto Raptors will travel to Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida, to battle the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Magic comes into this game winners of three straight games to where their last win came against the lowly New York Knicks as they shot 57% from the field while getting 31 points from Aaron Gordon  in addition to 28 points for Nikola Vucevic in the win.

The Toronto Raptors halted a 3 game losing streak with a 122-83 road win over the Chicago Bulls on November 17th as the Raptors would also be on fire from the floor in shooting 53% for the night while also having five players score in double figures leading with Fred VanVleet with 18 points to leave the offensive charge. The Raptors are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven meetings at Amway arena while the under is 4-0 in the last four meetings amongst these teams.

 

Toronto Raptors's Latest Performance :

The Toronto Raptors recently ended a rough patch of basketball in picking up a huge blowout win over the Chicago Bulls in what was their first of a three game road set. On a night to where  Kawhi Leonard sat out, the Raptors were able to get contributions throughout it’s lineup in which two pull out a confidence-building victory. Fred Van Vleet led the Raptors in scoring with 18 points while Serge Ibaka contributed 16 points in the winning effort including four huge blocks In the contest. In all, the Toronto Raptors started their road trip on a positive, winning note and will certainly look to continue that momentum versus a dangerous Orlando Magic team that is slowly beginning  to enjoy the taste of winning lately.

 

Orlando Magic 's Latest Performance :

The Orlando Magic remain atop the Southeast standings within the Eastern Conference at this time and are playing very well on both sides of the ball. In fact, they were able to win their fifth game in six outings along with third straight, overall, in a 131-117 home win over the New York Knicks in their last outing. Aaron Gordon came out on fire as he scored 20 of his 31 points for the night in the first quarter as the Magic ended the quarter with a franchise high 44 points en route to  yet another victory on the season. The Magic shot 57% from the floor during the contest and aside from Gordon, Vucevic, as stated, complimented him as usual and putting up 28 points during the outing while also having nine assists on the night. And while the Heat allowed the Knicks to shoot 46% from the field, they also allow the Knicks to pound them on the offensive boards to the tune of a 17-7 margin.

 

How Toronto Raptors & Orlando Magic Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

Toronto is 9-8 ATS while the OU is 11-6

Orlando is 9-8 ATS while the OU is 7-10

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Look for this to be a very important matchup for the Orlando Magic. They have been on a tear lately and will certainly look to continue their winning ways versus a hobbling Toronto Raptors squad that has not only been without Kawhi Leonard lately, but, Kyle Lowry has been hampered by ankle injuries throughout the season as well. On the other hand, the Orlando Magic have been playing well all season as Aaron Gordon has proven himself to be a leader for this team. On the other hand, Nikola Vucevic has also stepped up his game this year and will look to continue to do so versus a Toronto defense that can certainly be stingy, at times.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:   Orlando Magic +6

My reason for the pick :

 

 

Not sure as to why Kawhi Leonard sat out in their last outing, however, giving a struggling Toronto Raptors team on the road versus the Orlando Magic 6 points does not sound like the smart play in my opinion.  It is for this reason that I will back the home team as they have certainly been the more consistent team, lately. As stated, the Toronto Raptors were on a 3 game losing streak before a blowout win over the Chicago Bulls. With that being said, look for them to play well in this matchup yet not cover 6 points. In other words, the Magic will certainly keep this game close throughout in what will be a very competitive Eastern Conference matchup.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick:  Under 222.5

My reason for the prediction :

And while the over has been the play in three of the last five games for both teams, I will back the under in this contest as it has been the play in four of the last seven home games for the Magic while also being the result in four of the last six road games for the Toronto Raptors. With that being said, the under is indeed the strong play in this contest.

Betting trends for Toronto Raptors:

  • Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
    Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.

Betting trends for Orlando Magic :

  • Orlando Under is 5-0 in Magic last 5 Tuesday games.
    Magic are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.
    Under is 4-0 in Magic last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.