Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic (Game 3): Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

Where: Amway Center in Orlando, FL, USA.

When: Friday, April 19th at 7pm EST.

How (TV): ESPN

Toronto Raptors (Away)

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 – 26.6 PPG | 7.3 RPG | .542 2P%
  • F Pascal Siakam – 16.9 PPG | 6.9 RPG | .549 FG%
  • F/C Serge Ibaka – 15.0 PPG | 8.1 RPG | 1.4 BPG

After suffering their usual game one defeat, the Toronto Raptors regrouped on Tuesday night to even the series at 1-1. The Raptors came away with a big 111-82 win at Scotiabank Arena, as Kawhi Leonard took over the game with his 37 point performance. Leonard’s efficiency was on full display, as he shot 15 for 22 from the field, including four of eight from three point range.

After posting an embarrassing goose egg in game one, Kyle Lowry rebounded in a big way, scoring 22 points while dishing out seven assists. Lowry got himself back into rhythm by regularly attacking the rim instead of forcing up long range attempts.

Turnovers proved to be a key difference maker in this contest, as the Raptors took good care of the ball, leading to just seven giveaways compared to Orlando’s 17.

Orlando Magic (Home)

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

Season Record: 42-40

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

Top Performers

  • C Nikola Vucevic – 20.8 PPG | 12.0 RPG | .549 2P%
  • G/F Terrence Ross – 15.1 PPG | .383 3P% | .875 FT%
  • F Aaron Gordon – 16.0 PPG | 7.4 RPG | 3.7 APG

The Orlando Magic’s hopes of taking a commanding lead in the series were dashed in game two. Steve Clifford’s group fell behind early and just could not keep up with Toronto’s offense, with the game getting blown open in the third quarter.

Aaron Gordon was Orlando’s top scorer with 20 points, while reserve wing Terrence Ross added 15 points in the loss. Evan Fournier was the only other Magic player who reached double figures, as the team shot a paltry 37% from the field.

Orlando’s All-Star centre, Nikola Vucevic, was silenced by the likes of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, as he had just six points and rebounds each.

What’s At Stake?

The Raptors come to Orlando looking for their first playoff win there, after getting blanked in on the road in 2008. First round game threes have not been kind to Toronto in recent years, as they are 1-4 in those games dating back to 2014, with the lone win coming against Indiana in 2016.

The Magic will look to get their first home playoff win since beating the Atlanta Hawks twice in the first round of the 2011 NBA playoffs. Like the Raptors, the Magic have struggled in first round game threes, winning just one in their last seven playoff appearances, with the lone victory being part of their sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010.

Not Much From Powell So Far

Toronto’s Norman Powell was a big disappointment a season ago after signing a healthy contract extension prior to that season. The UCLA product shot below the 30% “Mendoza Line” from beyond the arc in 2018, which hurt the Raptors tremendously, as three point shooting had been a short coming for them for some time.

This past season, Powell managed to bounce back, hitting threes at a solid 40% clip while also playing good defense, which has led to him earning more playing time from first year coach, Nick Nurse. Although he has been quiet through the first two games of this series, it is only a matter of time before he breaks his silence.

D.J. Augustin Loves Playing the Raptors

A journeyman who is currently on his eighth team in ten seasons, D.J. Augustin has pieced together a decent career, averaging 9.8 points and 4.0 assists. The former Texas Longhorn has had some success over certain teams in the league, with one being the Toronto Raptors.

In 37 regular season games against the Dinos, Augustin has averaged 10.4 points per game, while shooting a staggering 48.1% from beyond the arc, his best mark against any team in the NBA. Augustin’s late three pointer in game one proved to be just the tip of the iceberg of his tendency to torment his former employer.

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

F OG Anunoby – 13 Apr 13 2019 – Out (Appendix) – Anunoby is not expected to return until the Eastern Conference Finals at the earliest, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

G Patrick McCaw – 16 Apr 2019 – Day to Day (Thumb) – McCaw missed game two on Tuesday and is officially listed as questionable for game three.

Orlando Magic Roster Notes

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

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

C Timofey Mozgov – 21 Mar 2019 – Out (Knee) – Mozgov is still recovering three months after arthroscopic knee surgery, with no timetable for return.

X-Factors: Pascal Siakam (TOR) vs Jonathan Isaac (ORL)

Front-court players over the past decade have evolved from hard nosed brutes, to long, mobile, and highly skilled specimens making the former prototypes the leagues equivalent of a fossil. Two young big men who fit this bill will be facing off as Toronto’s Pascal Siakam must battle Orlando’s Jonathan Isaac in more ways than one.

Pascal Siakam

Power Forward | 6-9, 230 lb (206cm, 104kg) | New Mexico State | Exp. 2 Years

16.9 PPG | 3.1 APG | 6.9 RPG | 0.9 SPG | 0.7 BPG | 1.9 TOV | .549 FG% | .369 3P%

Arguably the front runner for the Most Improved Player award, Pascal Siakam took big strides figuratively and literally this season. After coming off the bench for most of his sophomore season, the Cameroon native saw his numbers spike across the board, as he has taken advantage of his tendency to lead fast breaks with his driving abilities and court vision. He has also managed to keep teams honest in half court sets, hitting threes at a respectable 36.7% clip.

Jonathan Isaac

Power Forward | 6-10, 210 lb (208cm, 95kg) | Florida State | Exp. 1 Year

9.6 PPG | 5.5 APG | 4.2 RPG | 0.8 SPG | 1.3 BPG | 1.0 TOV | .429 FG% | .323 3P%

Much like his opponent, Jonathan Isaac does not play like a conventional big man on offense, as he likes to spend much of his time on the perimeter. Given that he is lacking the necessary bulk to hang with NBA veterans down low, Isaac has stuck to what he does best. Although he may not have the ball handling skills of Siakam, Isaac’s freakish length has made him Orlando’s defensive anchor as a shot blocker. The Florida State product is a player that should be watched in the next year or two as a future breakout candidate.

Toronto Raptors at Orlando Magic: Odds

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