Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic Predictions, Odds & Picks
- This match between Toronto and Orlando is a 2019 playoff rematch and a possible 2020 first round preview.
- Orlando will look to avoid the season sweep against the Toronto Raptors in this game.
- Toronto is first overall in opponents points allowed at 106.3 per game.
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Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total Points||Money Line|
|Toronto Raptors||-6.5 -110||O 223.5 -112||-250|
|Orlando Magic||+6.5 +110||U 223.5 -109||+205|
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Toronto Raptors at Orlando Magic Predictions and Odds
We expect the Toronto Raptors to dominate this game. While their offense has struggled at times, their depth and timeliness should be more than enough to stop an Orlando team lacking their best wing defender. While the Raptors have shown a good scoring touch, we expect this match to go in a decidedly defensive direction.
Toronto Raptors -250 defeat Orlando Magic
Under 223.5 -109
How to Watch Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic
|Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic Information|
|What||Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic|
|Where||VISA Athletic Center, Orlando, FL|
|When||Wednesday, August 5, 2020; 8:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch||Sportsnet, Fox Sports Florida; TSN Radio 1050 Toronto, 96.9 FM The Game, AM 740 & 98.1 Salsa y|
|Live Stream||NBA League Pass|
Toronto Raptors (Away) Stats and Preview
|Raptors Key Facts|
|Head Coach:||Nick Nurse|
|Standing:||48-18 (2nd in Eastern Conference, 3rd Overall)|
|Form:||W (at MIA) – W (vs LAL) – W (at UTA) – W (at SAC)|
|Raptors Top Performers|
The Toronto Raptors have been turning heads ever since the NBA season has started again. They defeated two of the NBA’s toughest teams in the Miami Heat and LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers.
Head coach Nick Nurse’s squad is famous for their defensive ability. With versatile players at every position and a veteran’s presence, young stars Pascal Siakam and Fred Vanvleet have led their team to second in the Eastern Conference.
This game against the Orlando Magic will be a rematch of their 2019 Eastern Conference Playoff first-round series. Neither team has upgraded much, nor improved much since last year. For the Raptors, that’s a massive compliment.
Toronto Raptors Roster Notes
(F) Oshae Brissett – 4 Aug 2020 – Day To Day (Knee) – Brissett did not play in Monday’s game (Aug. 3) against the Heat.
(G) Patrick McCaw – 4 Aug 2020 – Day To Day (Knee) – McCaw did not play in Monday’s game (Aug. 3) against the Heat.
Orlando Magic (Home) Stats and Preview
|Magic Key Facts|
|Head Coach:||Steve Clifford|
|Standing:||32-25 (7th in Eastern Conference, 13th Overall)|
|Form:||L (vs IND) – W (vs SAC) – W (at BKN) – W (at MEM)|
|Magic Top Performers|
The Orlando Magic didn’t enter the NBA bubble with an astounding record, but they enter this match against the Toronto Raptors have won four of their last five. They’ve been solid since the season restarted, taking care of lesser teams.
The Magic have defeated their opponents comfortably, led by the efforts of steady All-Star Nikola Vucevic. Their center has been near unstoppable in the post, opening up opportunities for their numerous shooters.
Orlando will have to be focused to take down the defending champion Raptors though. Despite taking Game 1 in last year’s playoffs, the Magic were wholly shut down on the offensive end in the remaining four matches. This will be their chance to prove they shouldn’t be taken lightly, in what may be a 2020 NBA Playoff first-round preview.
Orlando Magic Roster Notes
(F) Jonathan Isaac – 2 Aug 2020 – Out For Season (ACL) – Isaac tore his left ACL during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s (Aug. 2) game against Sacramento.
(F) Al-Farouq Aminu – 17 Jul 2020 – Out (Right Knee) – Aminu is not with the team as it prepares for a restart of the season in late July.
What’s At Stake?
A win for the Toronto Raptors would bring them within 4.5 games of first place in the Eastern Conference.
A win for the Orlando Magic would give them a half game lead over eighth place.
Over 88 games in the all-time series, the Toronto Raptors lead the Orlando Magic 49-39.
Toronto has Been Lights Out from Three
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) August 3, 2020
After shooting 41.2% from three in their victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Raptors went and shot a scorching 50% from three against the Miami Heat. Over the course of two games, the Raptors have made 30 three-point field goals.
Much of their production from three has been from their starting group, particularly Pascal Siakam and Fred Vanvleet. The young star pair have shot a combined 16 of 29 from deep in their first two games. As teams pack the paint against the Raptors’ capable slashers, Nick Nurse’s side has proven that they can punish opponents from the outside as well. Bad news for the three-point defence averse Magic.
Can the Magic Maintain their Scoring Pace?
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— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) August 5, 2020
The Orlando Magic are not a team known for their scoring ability. Despite a number of capable shooters and shot creators, they lack a certain team balance that would let them succeed consistently. Despite having the league’s 22nd ranked offense and averaging just 107.1 points per game (25th of 30), they have been one of the hottest scoring teams since the restart.
The Magic are averaging 130 points per game over their first two matches in the NBA bubble. After taking down the Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets, they face a step up in competition against the Raptors. If their perimeter scoring can maintain its current pace, they may just be able to steal a game from the reigning champions.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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