I’m now 9-9 in Raptors free picks as Toronto (-9) was victorious 106-94 at home versus Indiana on Friday. Tonight the Raptors play at home versus the 10-16 Orlando Magic.
(10-16) Orlando Magic @ (18-6) Toronto Raptors
Probable starting line-ups:
Orlando – Point Guard – Victor Oladipo Shooting Guard – Evan Fournier C- Nikola Vucevic Small Forward – Tobias Harris Power Forward – Channing Frye
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – Terrence Ross C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – Landry Fields PF – Amir Johnson
Orlando – Points Per Game – Nikola Vucevic 18.6 Rebounds Per Game – Nikola Vucevic 11.7 Assists Per Game – Elfrid Payton 4.9
Toronto – PPG – Kyle Lowry 19.7 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 9.0 APG – Kyle Lowry 7.6
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Orlando – Points For (Per Game) – 94.3 (25th) Points Against (Per Game) – 99.2 (13th)
Toronto – PF – 109.7 (2nd) PA – 99.8 (17th)
The Orlando Magic ended their 2 game losing streak with a 100-99 home win versus the Hawks on Saturday. Small forward Tobias Harris led the team in scoring with 20 points on 7 of 16 shooting in 39 minutes of action. He also grabbed 6 rebounds and had 5 assists. Shooting guard Evan Fournier scored 19 points on 7 of 14 shooting in 39 minutes. He also had 5 rebounds. Center Nikola Vucevic had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. He was 9 of 13 from the field in 35 minutes. Shooting guard Victor Oladipo netted 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting in 36 minutes. He also dished out 7 assists and had 5 rebounds. Shooting guard Ben Gordon chipped in with 12 points on 3 of 4 shooting in 13 minutes off the bench. He was 3 of 3 from the 3 point line. The team shot 50% from the field, 47.6% from the 3 point line (10-21), and 76.2% from the free throw line (16-21). The Magic out-rebounded 41-36. have lost 6 in a row. Harris hit the game winner at the buzzer. Orlando is 7-10 on the road this season. Tonight is the first game of a 2 game road trip.
The Toronto Raptors have 2 in a row and 5 of their last 7 games. Yesterday they were victorious at New York 95-90 in overtime. Small forward Terrence Ross led the team in scoring with 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting in 33 minutes on the floor. He also had 5 rebounds. Point guard Kyle Lowry had a double-double with 21 points and 11 assists. He was 8 of 19 from the field in 39 minutes. He also had 6 steals. Shooting guard Louis Williams scored 15 points on 5 of 15 shooting in 32 minutes of a reserve role. Power forward Patrick Patterson was the only other Raptor in double figures as he scored 13 points on 5 of 6 shooting in 34 minutes. The team shot 46.2% from the field, 37.5% from the 3 point line (9-24), and 77.8% from the free throw line (14-18).The team was narrowly out-rebounded 43-42. The Raptors took a 5 point lead in to the 4th quarter but were outscored 19-14 in the 4th, which forced the game to overtime. Toronto is 11-3 at home this season. Tonight is the 2nd game of a back to back. They are 3-2 in the 2nd game of a back to back so far this season.
Toronto was victorious in their first 2 meetings with Orlando this season. In the 1st game, November 1st at Orlando, the Raptors scored a 108-95 win. In the 2nd meeting, November 11th at Toronto, the Raptors notched a 104-100 victory. After tonight the 2 teams play one more time this season, April 1oth at Orlando.
I don’t think the Magic will be blown out tonight but I think Lowry will lead the Raptors to an 8-10 point win. Take the Raptors -7 (1.90) (Bet365)
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