Spread: Raptors by 6.5
Money line: Raptors -230; Magic +205
The Orlando Magic (9-8) entered the season as a team many looked at as a potential sleeper. While it is hard to call them (or anyone) a playoff-calibre team just yet, there is a reason for optimism. Center Nikola Vucevic is averaging a double-double (20.4 points and 10.8 rebounds a game).
Four other players are averaging in double digits led by Aaron Gordon with 17.1 points a game. Terrence Ross is chipping in 13.6 a game off the bench.
The Magic are capable of putting up a lot of points, and rank 12th in points allowed (109.5/game). But they have been inconsistent on both ends of the court. However, entering Tuesday’s game against the Raptors (13-4), they will be riding a three-game win streak.
Toronto enters the game having put their mini-slump to bed with a 122-83 win over the Chicago Bulls Saturday night. They have struggled to keep guys healthy and could be without the services of Kyle Lowry Tuesday night.
Lowry left Saturday night’s game in the second half with an ankle injury. But while he sat out practice on Monday, he is expected to play Tuesday night.
So—who’s going to win?
A case could be made for the Magic to pull off the upset, with how they have been scoring lately and with Toronto having injury issues. But the Raptors should have their starting five ready to go. If so, the Magic just aren’t going to be able to keep up.
Take Toronto to win, straight up and against the spread. As for the over/under—take the under this time.
*odds via Betway.com