Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic (Game 4): Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

Where: Amway Center in Orlando, FL, USA

When: Sunday, April 21st at 7 pm EST.

How (TV): TNT

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

In a game that went down to the wire, the Toronto Raptors emerged victorious on Friday night, escaping with a 98-93 win. Most Improved Player candidate, Pascal Siakam was the top scorer for Toronto with 30 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Point guard Kyle Lowry had 12 points and 10 assists, as well as a key offensive rebound in the last minute that essentially sealed the win for the Raptors.

Kawhi Leonard struggled with his shot in this game, going 5 for 19 from the field and missing all three of his three-point attempts, as part of his 16 point outing. Leonard also coughed up six turnovers in a game that we would like to forget.

Despite coming out on top, the win was frustrating for the Raptors, who attempted just 10 free throws compared to Orlando’s 23. Many Raptors players, as well as coach Nick Nurse, were vocal with the officials throughout the game regarding missed calls.

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

Despite putting up a solid fight, the Orlando Magic came up short on their home floor. Former Raptor Terrence Ross came off the bench to drop 24 points on his old squad, while All-Star centre Nikola Vucevic stuffed the box score with 22 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and three blocks.

Ross was by far the top performer among Orlando’s guards, as backcourt starters, Evan Fournier and D.J. Augustin could only muster seven points each in the loss.

Normally a team that takes good care of the ball, the Magic committed 16 turnovers. During the regular season, Orlando ranked fifth in the league in that category, averaging 13.2 giveaways per game.

What’s At Stake?

With a win in games four and five, this would be the first best-of-seven series win in franchise history where the Raptors did not have to play a game six. Although they have managed to advance in the past two first rounds after 2-2 ties, this year’s edition would prefer to advance without too much suspense.

The Magic are looking to even the score before having to head back up north against a tough Scotiabank Arena crowd. The last time the franchise came back from a 2-1 deficit in a best-of-seven series was in 2009 against the Philadelphia 76ers, a year when Orlando eventually made it to the NBA Finals.

No Leonard? No Problem

Throughout the franchise’s history, the Toronto Raptors depended on a star player and derived their success from that player’s output. This year has proven to be different, however, with Kawhi Leonard. The former San Antonio Spur missed 22 games for load maintenance purposes. This did not hurt the Raptors much like it would have in the past, as Toronto went 17-5 in those games.

Furthermore, in the nine games where Leonard failed to score 20 points, the Raptors went 9-1, as their depth managed to pull them through despite his struggles. With Toronto having an array of scoring options, results like game three should not surprise anyone.

Orlando Has Lived and Died By the Three

Through the first three games of this series, the Magic have attempted 107 three-point field goals, which is the most among Eastern Conference playoff teams. This strategy has not worked out great for Orlando, as Steve Clifford’s team has managed to hit them at a pedestrian 33.6% clip.

Despite getting to the foul line 13 more times than the Raptors, the Magic may have shot themselves out of game three with their 13 for 44 outing. Evan Fournier’s 1 for 8 night from deep did not help matters, nor did Jonathan Isaac’s 2 for 7 performance. Even top scorer, Terrence Ross had to hoist up 13 threes to reach his 24 point total. Although the Magic seem to be trying to emulate Golden State’s offensive approach, they are by no means getting the desired results.

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.

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: Marc Gasol (TOR) vs Nikola Vucevic (ORL)

The matchup to focus on in game four will be between two finesse big men who are able to dominate the game in different areas and play critical roles on their respective teams. Three-time All-Star, Marc Gasol will take on Nikola Vucevic, who made his first ever All-Star Game appearance this past season.

Marc Gasol

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

13.6 PPG | 4.4 APG | 7.9 RPG | 1.1 SPG | 1.1 BPG | 2.0 TOV | .448 FG% | .363 3P%

Since being acquired in a trade by Toronto, Marc Gasol has added a new element to the Raptors’ offense, mostly through his outlet passes. His ability to get the ball down the court before opponents can set up their defense, as led to Toronto ranking fourth in the league in fast-break points, after ranking tenth the previous season.

His court vision has been on full display in the half court set as well, as he has been able to spot teammates cutting to the rim and places passes perfectly to avoid interceptions.

Nikola Vucevic

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

20.8 PPG | 3.8 APG | 12.0 RPG | 1.0 SPG | 1.1 BPG | 2.0 TOV | .518 FG% | .364 3P%

After five seasons where he mainly focused on punishing opponents in the post, Nikola Vucevic added the three-point shot in 2017-2018 and fine-tuned it this season to make himself a dual threat on offense. Even with this improvement, Vucevic has not sacrificed his dedication on the boards, which has been his bread and butter throughout his career.

Toronto Raptors at Orlando Magic Predictions and Odds

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