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The Toronto Raptors are looking to wrap up the series against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.
Magic hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive
Through the first four games of their first-round series against the Raptors, things have certainly not gone the way that the Magic would have hoped. Things have swayed away from them since grabbing a win in Game 1 having dropped the last three straight contests that have put them on the verge of elimination from the playoffs. They have struggled to put together any consistent stretch of basketball that has seen them struggle to gather any sort of footing against Toronto. A large chunk of this stems from their lack of offensive production being one of the least productive teams in the postseason. Among all the teams in the playoffs, they rank last averaging 91.0 points per contest along with being 15th shooting 38.9 percent shooting from the floor and tied for 14th shooting 30.7 percent from beyond the arc. This utter lack of offensive production has put them in a tough spot of facing elimination heading into Tuesday’s game.
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) April 22, 2019
The Magic haven’t had that type of consistent production from All-Star center Nikola Vucevic that they have been able to rely upon all season long. Vucevic has been a shadow of the high level of production that he provided in the regular season as he has taken a significant step down in the playoffs averaging just 12.5 points and 8.3 rebounds on 37.5 percent shooting from the floor and 27.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc. This has seen him notch 11 or fewer points three times while shooting below 43.0 percent from the floor in those such performances. This has put Orlando at a major offensive disadvantage with their top scorer playing performing at a level much lower than what has been expected from him on a nightly basis. Meanwhile, forward Evan Fournier is averaging 13.0 points on 34.5 percent shooting from the floor and 25.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The utter lack of offensive efficiency from the Magic’s top scoring options should put the team in a tough spot of being able to pull out a win in Game 5 on the road.
Raptors eyeing series close-out win
Since falling in Game 1 on their home floor, the Raptors have taken full control of the series against the Magic. They have paced to three straight wins in the process that has put them on the verge of reaching the next round of the playoffs. Toronto has worked through their early struggles in this matchup truly taking command over the last few games that have seen their core group taking control on the floor. This has seen All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard make a significant impact on this series as he has averaged 28.0 points and 6.5 rebounds on 53.2 percent shooting from the floor and 42.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc. This has seen him notch more than 20 points three times in the first four games with a pair of 30-point performances in the process. Leonard has been their stabilizing offensive factor on the floor behind his consistent level of production that the Magic seemingly don’t have a response for on the floor. This will continue to be the case through the remainder of the series.
34 Pts // 6 Reb // 2 Stl // 2 Blk // 60 FG%
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 22, 2019
Toronto has also received a strong level of offensive production from the play of third-year forward Pascal Siakam as he has stepped up their secondary offensive weapon notching 22.3 points per contest along with 9.0 rebounds while shooting 54.1 percent shooting from the floor. Siakam has scored more than 15 points in each game while surpassing 20 points twice during that span. The combined offensive production from Leonard and Siakam has been more than enough to push them forward toward a commanding lead in the series. Given they have continued to pour on strong outings, it should lend well to them staying on that path toward wrapping the series on their home floor. The Magic have simply not had an answer for the Raptors; offensive production that has set the table for them put forth yet another strong outing on Tuesday night. It simply comes down to their core group to stay on that path.
- Raptors are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games playing on one day’s rest.
- Raptors are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Tuesday games.
- Raptors are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Magic are 2-5 ATS in their last seven Tuesday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This has seemingly become a one-sided series with each passing game. With an opportunity to close out things on their home floor, the Raptors will take advantage of this situation to move toward the next round against a struggling Magic team. This will simply be a repeat performance of the last couple of games.
Prediction: Toronto -11.5
Full-Game Total Pick
The Raptors have been able to more than hold their own offensively with both Leonard and Siakam leading the charge. However, the Magic have been the least productive team in the playoffs on that end of the floor. Also, keep in mind that the under is 4-0 in the last four meetings between both teams.
Prediction: Under 206