Published: Fri, April 19, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors, 4/16/19 NBA Predictions & Odds

Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors, 4/16/19 NBA Predictions & Odds

Teammate Aaron Gordon said he isn't anxious about Vucevic and added that it would help quite a bit if the Magic would start burying shots when Vucevic kicks the ball to them when he is doubled. You want to know why you trade the most beloved player in franchise history? It's the playoffs - and he got a little bit more physical, you know?

Going into Game 2 Toronto was a 10.5-point Las Vegas favorite.

"So it's going to be handsome just to have the whole city of Orlando behind us".

As perviously mentioned in the takeaways from Game 1, the Raptors, more specifically Kyle Lowry, would have to respond in a big way to silence the critics and prove they were still one of top contenders to compete for the championship in June. He was charging up the floor, pushing the ball, passing, shooting, driving, kicking, made steals, hands on everything, rebounded. If this performance is a sign of things to come, the Raptors have plenty to be optimistic about. Really, just trying to play team basketball, get to my spots, see if I draw two [defenders]. The Orlando Magic are averaging 93 points on 38.6 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Though, they will need Lowry to be at his best moving forward. Two of the several wide open three-pointers Kyle Lowry missed would do it.

Leonard, who'd been expected to crank his game up a notch when the playoffs tipped off, was brilliant on Tuesday, drawing delighted gasps from the sold-out Scotiabank Arena crowd of 19,964, and when he drew a foul for a three-point play in a third quarter in which he mercilessly punished the Magic, the crowd chanted "M-V-P!"

Leonard said Lowry "led us in intensity", helping the East's No. 2 seed avoid a 2-0 hole.

Toronto's quality first half built them a modest 12-point advantage with momentum on their side.

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However, when it comes to the bowling department, it is certainly not going to be their strength in this World Cup. Before that, they will play two practice matches against Pakistan and India on May 26 and 28, respectively.

Perhaps the most important thing they discovered in that Game 1 win is that they can win this series. Former players, media, and fans alike fired shots at his poor record in opening games of a series. Toronto committed just seven turnovers for nine points.

Lowry scored 11 points in the second and Siakam added six, putting Toronto up 51-39 at halftime.

We'll find out on Friday when the Magic host the Raptors in an all-important Game 3.

To make matters worse, the centre turned the ball over four times.

According to, Vucevic had eight post-ups in Game 1.

Nurse didn't use words like "desperation" and "urgency" in his comments before Game 2, but he wouldn't have been wrong if he did. "Then when he does get it, there's been enough good individual play and good team play to make him seem uncomfortable some, so far". "I mean, D.J. was always good, coming in from Texas (as a collegian) and being in Charlotte".

82 points is the third-lowest scoring total for the Magic this season, while that's the least amount of points Toronto has given up this season. Ross had 15 of Orlando's 17 bench points in the first half. Vucevic's found that out the hard way. In the middle, the Magic went on a 30-7 run and looked like they were pulling off an overwhelming upset. Aaron Gordon scored 20 points, Terrence Ross had 15 and Evan Fournier finished with 10 for the Magic.

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