Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors

Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, Canada

When: Sunday, February 24th at 3:30 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): SN1, Fox Sports Florida | TSN Radio 1050 Toronto, FM 96.9 The Game

Orlando Magic (Away)

Head Coach: Steve Clifford {All-Time 223-247 | CHA, ORL}

The Orlando Magic are back in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With a record of 27-33 the Orlando Magic are far from .500, but just 1.5 games out of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Orlando Magic have been making an impressive push for the top eight. In their last ten games they have a record of 7-3 and have accumulated impressive wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets.

Facing off against the Toronto Raptors will show whether or not the Orlando Magic can continue to compete with the leagues best. The Magic have played the Raptors well so far this season, winning a blowout and losing at the buzzer. If the Magic can make a playoff push, this may be a match to watch as a future first round series.

Toronto Raptors (Home)

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 44-16 | TOR}

The Toronto Raptors are still vying for first in the Eastern Conference. After a win over the San Antonio Spurs, the Raptors are 44-16 and a mere game back of the Milwaukee Bucks who are first in the East.

In their last ten games, the Toronto Raptors are an impressive 8-2 with a +5.6 point differential. The Raptors are also on a seven-game win streak and look primed to continue their run.

The Toronto Raptors have struggled against the Magic overall though. While Orlando has not performed at a level greater than themselves against the Raptors, Toronto has had some poor shooting nights and will hope to improve that factor of their game in the third game of the season series.

What’s At Stake?

The Orlando Magic and the Toronto Raptors have had a competitive all-time series. Over 83 games all-time, the Toronto Raptors a lead the Orlando Magic 45-38.

A win for the Orlando Magic would put them ahead of the Miami Heat who are ranked ninth in the Eastern Conference.

A win for the Toronto Raptors would bring them within 0.5 games of the Milwaukee Bucks who occupy first in the Eastern Conference.

Questions to answer

Can Aaron Gordon provide more?

Can Kawhi get out of this shooting slump?

We are going to compare the Orlando Magic and the Toronto Raptors in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

Gordon’s Numbers Have Begun to Slip

Just like last season, Aaron Gordon has started strong but as the season has gone on his numbers have begun to slip. Unlike his last season though, Gordon’s ability to cater to the team despite his struggles has improved.

The Magic boast a number of options that are actually performing decently at the moment, including All-Star Nikola Vucevic and Sixth Man of the Year candidate Terrence Ross. They have been able to keep the team competitive, but Gordon’s additional input would be huge toward Orlando’s cause.

Most notably Gordon has been shooting only 29% in his last ten games played. He has shown himself a capable three-point shooter at times, but the streakiness continues. He has the athleticism to punish defenders on closeouts, but if he can’t put it together with a respectable shot his pedestrian play may continue.

Leonard Has Struggled Offensively

Kawhi Leonard has had the best overall season in his career. He is averaging a career high in points, rebounds, and free-throw attempts in only 34 minutes per game. While there were questions about his health going into the season, the Raptors have been able to sensibly handle the situation of his health to great benefit.

Unfortunately for the Raptors, Leonard has been struggling as of late. Over his last six matches, Leonard is shooting only 36% from the field and 19% from three, well below his season averages.

Leonard needed some time off to resolve a knee issue, but there was no suggestion that it would bother him going forward. He is still dangerous when attacking the paint but Leonard may need a more steady string of games to regain his form, rather than the on-off load management schedule he’s been given.

Orlando Magic Roster Notes

C Mohamed Bamba – 5 Feb 2019 – Out (Left Tibia Fracture) – The Magic announced Bamba has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left tibia and will be out indefinitely.

G Markelle Fultz – 13 Feb 2019 – Out (Shoulder/Wrist) – Despite being traded, Fultz’s new team still has no timetable for his return, according to Jeff Weltman of the Orlando Sentinel.

C Timofey Mozgov – 4 Jan 2019 – Out (Knee) – The Magic announced that Mozgov had surgery on his right knee. There is no timetable for his return.

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

G Fred Vanvleet – 13 Feb 2019 – Out (Left Thumb Soreness) – The Raptors announced G Fred VanVleet will undergo surgery on his thumb and miss approximately five weeks.

Head-to-Head: Nikola Vucevic (ORL) vs Marc Gasol (TOR)

Nikola Vucevic

Center | 7-0, 260lb (213cm, 117kg) | USC | Exp. 7 Years

20.5 PPG | 3.9 APG | 12.1 RPG | 0.9 SPG | 1.2 BPG | 2.0 TOV | .522 FG% | .378 3P%

Marc Gasol

Center | 7-1, 255lb (216cm, 115kg) | Girona/Spain | Exp. 10 Years

15.2 PPG | 4.5 APG | 8.4 RPG | 1.1 SPG | 1.2 BPG | 2.2 TOV | .445 FG% | .345 3P%

When the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic face off there will be quite a display of front court talent. First-time All-Star Nikola Vucevic will be looking to continue his run of impressive offence against former Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol.

Over the last four games Vucevic has shot over 50% from the field and has even contributed a three-point field goal three times. While he has been great on offence his effort on the boards has been tremendous, averaging 14 rebounds over his last five games. Gasol will be his toughest match on the boards yet, so time will tell if he can challenge the Spaniard on the glass.

Gasol has played sparingly for the Toronto Raptors since his introduction to the team. He has been largely effective on the boards as well as a playmaker while playing and average of only 18.7 minutes as a Raptors. He was limited due to foul trouble against the Spurs, but his defensive acumen and playmaking ability ensure he will be a key factor in limiting the Magic’s paint attack.

Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors Predictions and Odds

The odds makers have the Toronto Raptors favoured over the Orlando Magic by 9.5, with a 105 for the favourites and a 115 for the underdogs.