Raptors vs. Magic Odds, Prediction: Game 3 NBA Playoffs

Frank Doyle | Updated Apr 18, 2019

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After watching the Toronto Raptors put a nasty beating on the Orlando Magic in Game 2, oddsmakers have the Dinos as favourites for Friday's Game 3 in Florida.

Toronto
58-24
AT
April 19, 2019, 7:00 PM ET
Amway Center
Orlando
42-40
Pointspread -6.5 -115
Moneyline -270
Over / Under o +211

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Betting Action

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Pointspread +6.5 -105
Moneyline +220
Over / Under u +211

85%

Betting Action

15%

The tension was thick at the Scotiabank Arena ahead of Game 2 as fans wondered which Toronto Raptors team would show up – the club that sleepwalked through Game 1, or the one that looked like a bonafide contender for much of the regular season. It didn’t take long to find out. Toronto jumped on the Magic early with suffocating defence and relentlessly drove the ball into the paint. When the Raps play like that, they can beat any team in the league. We’ll see if they can keep the momentum going Friday night in Orlando.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Toronto’s 111-82 victory on Wednesday wasn’t even as close as the score suggests. Outside of a few runs when the Raptors got themselves into a bit of foul trouble, Orlando didn’t have an answer for Toronto’s up-tempo, aggressive style of play. The Dinos covered easily as 11-point favourites and opened as 4-point road favourites for Game 3. They’ve since moved to -4.5.

Orlando had won and covered if five consecutive games before Wednesday’s setback and was a solid home bet during the regular season at 23-17-1 against the spread. Toronto was 26-15 straight up as visitors, but just 20-21 against the number in those contests. The Raptors and Magic have now played under the posted total in five of their last six meetings.

Toronto Raptors

Kyle Lowry knew he had to bounce back after a scoreless series opener and he was the straw that stirred the drink for the Raps in Game 2, finishing with 22 points, seven assists, and four rebounds. Kawhi Leonard is showing just how dominant he can be at both ends of the floor in this series too. He had 37 points, four assists, four rebounds, and two steals despite being limited to 33 minutes because of foul trouble. Leonard was also a team-best plus-37 on Wednesday. It certainly looks like Toronto’s load management strategy with Leonard is paying off when it matters most.

Orlando Magic

The Magic are going to have to find some more scoring threats if they’re going to hang with Toronto. Terrance Ross and Aaron Gordon combined for six treys and 35 points in Game 2, but the Magic are finding it very difficult to get buckets in the paint. Centre Nikola Vucevic, who averaged 20.8 points and 12 rebounds per game in the regular season, scored just six points and had four turnovers and three fouls in 25 minutes of work before hitting the pine when the game got out of hand on Wednesday. The 7-footer now has just 17 points in this series.

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