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#531 Orlando Magic 210.5 vs.
#532 Toronto Raptors -600
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 8:05pm EDT
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto
Written by Chris Kubala



#531 Orlando
#532 Toronto


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It’s a first-round battle in the NBA playoffs coming to you live from north of the border. The seventh-seeded Orlando Magic is on the road as they face the second-seeded Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of their best of seven set on Tuesday night. Orlando clawed out a 104-101 win on the road in the opening game of the series Saturday afternoon to draw first blood. The Raptors lead the all-time regular season series 46-39 though the teams split four meetings this season, each winning once at home and once on the road. The Magic won the lone playoff series between the teams, winning a first-round series four games to one in the first round of the 2008 Eastern Conference playoffs. That gives them a 5-1 edge in head to head playoff victories.

Orlando Magic Seeking Surprising 2-0 Series Lead

Orlando battled tooth and nail through all 48 minutes and came up with the last two critical plays in the game to steal the opener on the road. The Magic now shoots to try and take a 2-0 advantage in the series with a win here. Orlando trailed by five after the opening quarter and rode a 15-0 second-quarter run to take a 57-41 edge late in the second quarter. The Magic had their lead trimmed to eight at the half and trailed by as many as six in the third quarter. Orlando trailed by one after three quarters and was down six with 5:55 to play before rallying. The Magic was tied in the closing seconds when D.J. Augustin drilled the go-ahead three-pointer with 3.5 seconds to play. Orlando clamped down defensively on the final possession and picked up the win.

The Magic shot 40 percent from the field in the contest and drilled 14 of their 29 three-point attempts in the win. Orlando cashed in 18 of their 20 free throw attempts and held a 48-45 advantage on the glass in the game. Augustin paced seven Magic players in double figures as he poured in 25 points and six assists in the win. Evan Fournier contributed 16 points but Orlando has to get better shooting nights from a couple of their key rotation players. Nikola Vucevic (11 points, eight rebounds) and Terrence Ross (10 points, six rebounds) each had double-digit point totals but they both struggled shooting the ball. Vucevic shot only 3 of 14 from the floor while Ross was 2 of 11 in the contest, including one of five from three-point range.

Toronto Raptors Hoping to Even Series

Toronto had a couple solid runs in the game but they were unable to make the critical play on either end in the final seconds of the contest. The Raptors now have to regroup and find a way to break the Magic’s confidence to get a win and square the set. Toronto held a five-point advantage after the opening quarter only to find itself down 16 late in the second quarter after a 15-0 Magic run. The Raptors closed the first half on an 8-0 run to make it an eight-point game at the half. Toronto then started the second half on a 14-2 run to take a 63-59 lead: they led by as many as six in the third quarter and saw their lead trimmed to one after three quarters. The Raptors held a six-point edge with 5:55 to go but found themselves tied in the closing seconds. Toronto had a bad switch defensively, giving D.J. Augustin an open look at a three-pointer, which he canned with 3.5 seconds to play. The Raptors had one last chance but Kawhi Leonard airballed a potential game-tying shot and sent them to defeat.

The Raptors shot 45.5 percent from the field, including 12 of 36 from three-point range, in the loss. Toronto was nine of 14 from the free throw line while Orlando knocked down 18 of 20 at the stripe. The Raptors lost the rebounding battle 48-45 and turned the ball over 12 times in the contest. Leonard led Toronto with 25 points in the loss as one of five players in double figures in the contest. Pascal Siakam was next in line with 24 points and nine rebounds while Fred VanVleet had 14 off the bench in the game. The Raptors need to get production from Kyle Lowry, who struggled to go zero for seven from the floor, including zero of six from three-point range. He finished with seven rebounds and eight assists but his zero points proved to be critical in the Game 1 loss.

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Orlando showed that they weren’t going to be intimidated playing on the road in the opening game of this series. The Magic played tough basketball and they harassed Lowry into a scoreless game in the contest. Toronto is going to have to come out more focused and motivated for this contest as they can’t let Orlando control the game for long stretches as they did in the opener. The Raptors do have experience in the playoffs, while the Magic doesn’t. Toronto knows that they can ill afford falling in a 2-0 series hole with the venue changing to Orlando for Games 3 and 4. The Raptors get the upper hand but being a double-digit favorite seems a bit too much. Straight up, take Toronto but if you’re playing the line, go with the Magic.

Prediction: Orlando Magic +10

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The teams ended up falling under the number in the opening game of the series as they combined for 205 points. That was a trend that took place in the regular season as the teams were under the number in the first three meetings before going over in the final matchup. Toronto has to be better offensively than they were in the opening game of the set. Orlando has to find a way to get Vucevic and Ross to put together better showings from the floor than they did in the opener. Can the Magic stun Toronto in two straight games on the road?

The under is 5-1 in the Magic’s last 6 games playing on 2 days rest, 15-3 in their last 18 Tuesday games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning straight up record. Toronto has seen the under go 7-0 in their last 7 Tuesday games and 4-0 in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games. The teams have stayed under the total in four of the last five meetings: look for this one to fall short of the total.

Prediction: Under 212

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Toronto went cold for a big chunk of the second quarter in the opening game of the series. The Raptors gave up a 15-0 run that left them down 57-41 and even their 8-0 run to close the opening half still left them in an eight-point hole at the half. Given the fact that Toronto was the favorite in the contest and failed to even hold any sort of edge straight up at intermission, it’s hard to like them here. Orlando has the talent to hang close as we saw in the opener: take the points and the Magic at the half.

Prediction: Orlando Magic +7

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The score at the half in the opening game of the series was 57-49, which would have fallen slightly below this halftime number. Toronto struggled to shoot the ball and they gave the Magic plenty of opportunities to put things away. Siakam fired up 24 shots from the floor, while Lowry took only seven, which has to cause some level of concern. Orlando is looking for a 2-0 series advantage and they will try to limit Toronto offensively like they did in the opener. This one ends up under the total at the half.

Prediction: Under 107.5

Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. He keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college, the NHL, the NBA and college basketball and MLB.