Magic vs. Raptors Prediction
Can the Toronto Raptors avoid another failed cover at home when they play host to the Orlando Magic today at 3:30PM ET?
555 Orlando Magic vs. 556 Toronto Raptors
Sunday, February 24, 2019
3:30PM ET – Scotiabank Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Raptors are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -9 points against the Magic. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 218.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 65 percent going on the Magic on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Magic end win streak
The Magic were one of the hottest teams coming into the All-Star Break, winning and covering in five straight. However, Orlando came out of the break with a 110-109 loss at home to the struggling Chicago Bulls. The Magic are 27-33 overall, 11-17 on the road, 32-27-1 against the spread and 32-28 with the under.
Orlando is one of the stronger defenses in the league, allowing just 106.9 points per game while holding opponents to 45.5 percent shooting. Offensively, Orlando is averaging 105.9 points per game while shooting 45.1 percent. Nikola Vucevic is leading the team with 20.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game while Aaron Gordon is adding 15.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest.
Raptors winning, not covering
The Toronto Raptors are on an impressive seven-game win streak following a 120-117 win over the Spurs on Friday. However, Toronto has failed to cover in four straight games. The Raptors are now 44-16 on the season, 25-5 at home, 26-34 against the spread and 33-27 with the over.
Toronto is putting up 114.4 points per game on offense while shooting 46.9 percent as a team. Defensively, the Raptors are giving up 108.8 points per game while limiting opponents to 45.4 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is leading the team with 26.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while Pascal Siakam is adding 16.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Magic are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven road games and 6-0 ATS in their last six games on 1 day of rest.
The Raptors are 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a win.
The Magic have covered the spread in both meetings with Toronto this season, including a two-point loss at Toronto early in the new season. Orlando has a defense that should give the Raptors some problems. Toronto also hasn’t been able to pull away from anyone these days. The Raptors seem to play down to their competition when playing sub-.500 teams. I will take my chances on Orlando with the points. The loss to Chicago should lead to a motivated Orlando tonight as they know they need to get that loss back.
NBA Prediction: Orlando Magic +9