Magic vs. Raptors Odds, Prediction: Game 2 NBA Playoffs

Frank Doyle | Updated Apr 15, 2019

NBA: Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors need more from Kyle Lowry in Tuesday's Game 2. The veteran point guard didn't score a point in nearly 34 minutes of work on Saturday, finishing with eight assists and seven rebounds.

Orlando
42-40
AT
April 16, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto
58-24
Pointspread +11 -105
Moneyline +480
Over / Under o +212.5

57%

Betting Action

43%

Pointspread -11 -115
Moneyline -605
Over / Under u +212.5

57%

Betting Action

43%

The stage was set for a party in Toronto on Saturday with Jurassic Park jumping and the Scotiabank Arena packed with We The North supporters – and then the Raptors laid an egg in their first game of the playoffs against the Orlando Magic. Now, armed with two days of distance between that loss and Tuesday’s Game 2, oddsmakers have pegged the Dinos as even bigger favourites for the second game of the series.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Raptors supporters should have been concerned about their squad in the opener of this series. Toronto struggled mightily all season against the spread (ATS) and has a history of starting slow in the playoffs. Saturday was no different. They settled for too many outside looks and wound up on the wrong end of a 104-101 decision when the Magic hit a late three to win outright as a 9.5-point underdog.

Orlando’s defence was as good as advertised, helping the Magic stretch their ATS winning streak to five games. If Toronto bettors thought this opening series was going to be a cakewalk, Game 1 should have served as a reminder that playoff basketball is a totally different animal.

Orlando Magic

The Magic were ready to go from the opening tip on Saturday and sprinted out to a 57-49 lead at halftime. They played a controlled, measured game at both ends of the floor and withstood a strong run from Toronto in the third quarter to stay in the game. From there, D.J. Augustin led the charge. He finished with 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor and drilled the game-winning trey with just over three seconds remaining. If Orlando can count on solid contributions from him moving forward, that will only make 7-foot centre Nikola Vucevic that much more dangerous. Vucevic was held to 11 points and eight rebounds in the opener, but the Raps know how dangerous he can be after he dropped 30 points and 20 rebounds on them back in December.

Toronto Raptors

There were a couple of instances in the second half that the Raptors seemed to be just one outside shot away from breaking the game open. The problem was, none of those attempts from downtown would go. Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard did well to drive and penetrate Orlando’s perimeter defence, but too many of Toronto’s possessions ended up in missed outside shots. The Raptors were 12-of- 36 (33 percent) on their trey attempts. Another cause for concern was the play of Kyle Lowry. The veteran point guard didn’t score a point in nearly 34 minutes of work, finishing with eight assists and seven rebounds. Toronto needs to get its killer instinct back and that starts with Lowry.

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