Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors, Playoffs game 3. The favorite Raptors to win the title suffered losing the first game at home. The Magic did a lot of damage during the first game, but the second one was easy for the vengeful Raptors. In Orlando the historical record does not favor the Raptors, but the Magic’s defense is dangerous for home. The Magic had a mediocre regular season, they are not favorites but they have weapons to play hard.
Toronto Raptors: The title is the prize.
The Raptors have hopes of going very far this season. Without LeBron James at the conference, things look easier than before. In the first game of this round against the Magic, the Raptors lost the second quarter and the last. The game was even but the Raptors were defensively weak. In the second game the dominance was total on the part of the Raptors winning 111-82, almost 30 points.
On the road the Raptors are scoring an average of 113.7 points per game, 41.56 FG points and the defense is allowing 109.1 points. The numbers in the playoffs are slightly lower by scoring 92.6 points per game and allowing 103.6 points on the road during the playoffs.
The ATS record in the playoffs on the road is negative since 2007 with 10-20-0. This is the second time they have played against the Magic in the playoffs, the last time was in 2008. But those Raptors were a totally different team and they lost all three games on the road being underdogs.
Orlando Magic: We can do more damage.
The Magic closed the regular season with 25-16 at home. But the team is one of the best in defense this season. The Magic is the fifth best defense in the league allowing only 106.6 points per game. But the offensive is number 25 of 30 teams. The Magic problem has always been the average points scored. They closed the regular season and were lucky and won the last nine games in a row.
The average points in the regular season is 109.3 points per game at home. But in the playoffs the Magic is mediocre scoring just 97.4 points at home. The defense in the playoffs allows only 92.2 points. After all the defense is in the eight position of defensive ratings.
The ATS record at home is 22-18-1 on the regular. Against the Raptors the record is 44-48-0 in the spread and in wins and losses. The last victory against the Raptors was on the road before the playoffs on February 113-98.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors, 04/19/2019 is: take the Toronto Raptors -4.0 (Point Spread).
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