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2019 NBA Playoffs – Round 1
(0-0) Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors (0-0)
Date: Saturday, April 13
Time: 5:00PM EST
Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 213
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Game one of the first round for the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic tips off on Saturday, April 13 at 5:00 PM EST. Orlando makes their return to the postseason after a six year absence while the Raptors make their sixth consecutive appearance.
Not only are the Magic making a return to the postseason they do so as the Southeast Division champions. That might not seem like a big deal, however, following up their 25-57 campaign with a 17 win improvement (42-40) and the top spot in their division is definitive proof the franchise is headed in the right direction.
The Magic fluctuated up and down but seemingly discovered consistency in the latter half of the season. To wit, Orlando delivered a 15-7 post All-Star break record and was 11-2 in the final closing stretch of the season.
Statistically, the numbers offer proof the reason for the improvement lies in the focus on defense. The Magic rank eighth defensively on the year but moved up to fifth post break. Albeit, the Raptors improved to third defensively post break.
The 22nd ranked offense of Orlando also witnessed improvement post break where they ranked 9th.
Nikola Vucevic missed the last game due to a stomach virus but it is expected to be in the lineup on Saturday. Likewise, Jonathan Isaac also missed the last game while in the concussion protocol but is also expected to be ready to play on Saturday.
Markelle Fultz (shoulder), Mo Bamba (shin), and Timofey Mozgov (knee) are all expected to miss the entire series.
Every move made since last May was leading to this point in the Raptors season. Although LeBron James is no longer in the mix the Raptors new nemesis may well be presumed MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Prior to answering that question, however, the Raptors will need to defeat the Magic.
The Kawhi Leonard version of the Raptors has ample playoff experience and produced the second best record in the NBA this season. The Raptors finished top five in both offense and defense and since the Marc Gasol trade rank first in the NBA for 3-point shooting percentage.
In terms of weaknesses, the Raptors rank 19th at scoring in the paint and 24th in offensive rebounding.
OG Anunoby underwent an emergency appendectomy and is expected to miss the next two weeks. Patrick McCaw injured his thumb versus the Knicks and is expected out likely until month end.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Magic are 6-3-1 ATS in their last 10
- Raptors are 6-4 in last 10 head to head
- The over-under is 4-6 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
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If there is a running narrative about the Raptors franchise it is the lack of postseason success and opening game losses. That albatross likely doesn’t carry as much weight this year given only six players remain from last season on the squad.
That said, for the Magic, this is all gravy so they should be able to play freely and lose with no expectations on their shoulders and the knowledge they blew out the Raptors twice this season.
4* Free NBA Playoff Betting Pick: Raptors ATS
In spite of these facts, the other major truth is this was why Masai Ujiri took a risk to trade for Kawhi Leonard. All season Leonard has repeated the same mantra of how the 82 games are simply preparation for when it counts. That time has arrived and the best way to demonstrate this is not your old Raptors would be to deliver a statement win in Game 1 which is precisely what I expect to happen.
NBA Free Game 1 Score Prediction: 117 – 99
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