Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors Game 2 - Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors, Game 2

Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, Canada

When: Tuesday, April 16th at 8:00 PM EST

How (TV): TNT

Series Standing: 0-1 ORL

Orlando Magic (Away)

Head Coach: Steve Clifford {All-Time 238-254 | CHA, ORL}

Season Record: 42-40

Projected Starting Five: (G) DJ Augustin – (G) Evan Fournier – (F) Jonathan Isaac – (F) Aaron Gordon – (C) Nikola Vucevic

Top Performers:

  • (C) Nikola Vucevic – 20.8 PPG | 12.0 RPG | .518 FG%
  • (F) Aaron Gordon – 16.0 PPG | 7.4 RPG | .507 eFG%
  • (G-F) Terrence Ross – 15.1 PPG | 3.6 APG | .340 3P%

The Orlando Magic were able to steal Game 1 in Toronto in exciting fashion. Fuelled by a late-clock three-pointer by DJ Augustin, the Magic took homecourt advantage for themselves in the series.

The Magic succeeded due to their consistent production across the board. Of the nine players that stepped on the court, seven contributed double-digit scoring.

The Magic need to be careful in this next match against the Raptors. Toronto didn’t play anywhere near their potential and will surely come out firing for redemption in Game 2.

Toronto Raptors (Home)

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 58-24 | TOR}

Season Record: 58-24

Projected Starting Five: (G) Kyle Lowry – (G) Danny Green – (F) Kawhi Leonard – (F) Pascal Siakam – (C) Marc Gasol

Top Performers:

  • (F) Kawhi Leonard – 26.7 PPG | 7.3 RPG | 1.8 SPG
  • (F) Pascal Siakam – 17.0 PPG | 6.9 RPG | .368 3P%
  • (G) Kyle Lowry – 14.2 PPG | 8.7 APG | 1.4 SPG

The Toronto Raptors have fallen to 2-14 in Game 1 performances all-time. Can they redeem themselves against an obviously confident and ambitious Magic team? They’ll certainly put forward their best effort.

Toronto didn’t perform poorly in their last match, they just failed to contain the Magic. Where the Raptors went deep into their reserves and stifled their offence, the Magic found regular production.

The Raptors will surely be more focussed across the board. The likes of Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry are sure to step up their game, while Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka need to make an impact off the bench.

What’s At Stake?

The Toronto Raptors and the Orlando Magic have a deep competitive series. In 85 regular season games, the Raptors lead the Magic 46-39.

These two teams have also met in the playoffs once before, during the eras of Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard in 2008. The Magic won their only previous series against the Raptors 4-1.

A win for the Orlando Magic would push them to a 2-0 lead in the series before returning to Orlando for two home games.

The Raptors will look to even up the series at 1-1 with a win, or be at risk of a sweep on the road.

The Magic Need More From Vucevic

The first-time NBA All-Star Nikola Vucevic played in his first post-season game and it was forgettable to say the least. While he contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds, he was a paltry 3-14 from the floor.

The Toronto Raptors matched former NBA Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol on Vucevic and the experience gap showed tremendously. Gasol limited Vucevic from getting to his spots and was immovable on the block.

The Magic succeeded against the Toronto Raptors when exploiting screenplay and will surely look to do the same in Game 2. The combo of Augustin and Vucevic may just open up the centres game.

Key Pieces Need to Perform for the Raptors

The Toronto Raptors didn’t play a bad game against the Magic. They did, however, lack efficiency in specific areas. Such can be seen in the performances of Siakam, Ibaka, and Lowry.

Lowry was a no-show offensively for the Raptors, but any average contribution in that direction would’ve put them over the Magic.

One of the NBA’s best centers turned back-up, Serge Ibaka played only 19 minutes and contributed 5 points on 2-6 shooting. His patented elbow jumper off the pick-and-pop was nowhere to be seen.

Meanwhile MIP candidate Pascal Siakam scored 24 points, but took 24 field-goal attempts to acquire them.

The Raptors are so talented that they don’t need a star effort from multiple players, but a solid consistent effort from key roles. They’ll be motivated to improve for Game 2.

The Orlando Bench Deserves Mention

In both a good and bad sense, the Orlando Magic bench deserves some recognition for their performance in Game 1. While Terrence Ross wasn’t the shooting force he usually is, he was active in other areas to a +13 on the game.

Meanwhile Khem Birch and Michael Carter-Williams were fantastic in their short-spurts. The Canadian Birch outworked the Raptors on every play and former Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams took advantage of the Raptors’ small point guards.

It was only the return of Gasol and a blow to the nose that stopped Birch and Carter-Williams from continuing their production. Ross will surely want to improve on his efficiency in Game 2 as well. If they can maintain or even improve their effort, the Magic look like a scary team.

Nick Nurse Is On the Hot Seat

There aren’t many situations where a coach of the year is replaced by his assistant the year after they achieve a franchise record in wins. Such happened with Nick Nurse and the questions remain, is he a game-changing coach or did he merely inherit a championship level squad?

When the Raptors went into halftime down eight points, Nurse’s men rallied in the third with newfound intensity. However, when DJ Augustin started creating problems for the team he had no response.

Nurse also curiously allowed his players to be on the court for 33 minutes or less – the exception being Siakam who lacks a replacement with Anunoby out. Can the Raptors succeed with more input from their starting unit?

It certainly couldn’t hurt to see more than 33:05 of Kawhi Leonard. If Nurse can’t adjust to build success, they might be in a tough position by Game 3.

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

G-F Patrick McCaw – 8 Apr 2019 – Out (Thumb) – McCaw has been ruled OUT for Tuesday’s (Apr. 9) game.

Orlando Magic Roster Notes

C Mohamed Bamba – 21 Mar 2019 – Out (Left Tibia Fracture) – Bamba is still without a timetable for his return.

G Markelle Fultz – 21 Mar 2019 – Out (Shoulder/Wrist) – Fultz is making progress in his rehab, but still has no timetable for his return according to Josh Robbins of The Athletic.

C Timofey Mozgov – 21 Mar 2019 – Out (Knee) – Nearly three months removed from arthroscopic surgery on his knee, Mozgov is still without a timetable for return.

X-Factors: DJ Augustin (ORL) vs Kyle Lowry (TOR)

Their Game 1 performances were day and night from each other. DJ Augustin looks to replicate his career night against his former team while Kyle Lowry hopes to bounce back from a zero-point performance. Their production will be crucial to their teams’ success.

DJ Augustin

Point Guard | 6-0, 183lb (183cm, 83kg) | Texas | Exp. 10 Years

11.7 PPG | 5.3 APG | 2.5 RPG | 0.6 SPG | 0.0 BPG | 1.6 TOV | .470 FG% | .421 3P%

Last Game: 25 PTS | 6 AST | 4-5 3PA | 9-13 FGA

DJ Augustin is coming off of what is likely the greatest performance of his career. He was unstoppable shooting the ball and the Toronto Raptors had no idea how to contain him in the pick and roll.

The Orlando Magic are unlikely to be able to count on 20+ points from Augustin in every game, but it is his efficiency that drove the Magic to success.

If Augustin can involve Vucevic more in screenplay to open him up for opportunities, the Magic may very well take another game from the Raptors.

Kyle Lowry

Point Guard | 6-1, 196lb (185cm, 88kg) | Villanova | Exp. 12 Years

14.2 PPG | 8.7 APG | 4.8 RPG | 1.4 SPG | 0.5 BPG | 2.8 TOV | .411 FG% | .347 3P%

Last Game: 0 PTS | 8 AST | 7 REB

The narrative returns for another post-season. Kyle Lowry cannot handle the pressure of the NBA Playoffs. While his zero-point performance is of some concern, it isn’t as if he took from the Raptors’ play.

In fact, Kyle Lowry was a +11 when he was on the court, owing to his value moving the ball and defending.

If Lowry was anywhere near his normal scoring averages, the Toronto Raptors would have taken the game easily. The loss makes his stat line look worse than it is, however, the five-time All-Star is certain to be positively selfish in order to drive his team forward.

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