Toronto – Orlando
Toronto (1-7) lost to Charlotte 101-96 on Wednesday and knows it has to be better on the defensive end as it prepares for four straight road games. The Raptors are 1-7 this season, including 0-4 on the road. The Raptors are giving up a whopping 110.2 PPG on the road this season. The Magic are going to be very hungry tonight after blowing a double-digit halftime lead to the Utah Jazz last time out. Orlando is 4-1 at home this season, outscoring opponents by 16.0 PPG. They are putting up 106.4 PPG on their home floor while allowing only 90.4 PPG.
The Raptors simply do not have an answer for Dwight Howard inside. He is going to dominate the paint, giving his team plenty of second chance opportunities throughout this game. The Magic are 20-7 ATS in home games off an upset loss by 10 points or more as a favorite since 1996. Orlando is 17-6 ATS when playing against a terrible team (Win Pct. <=25%) over the last 3 seasons. The Magic are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games as a favorite of 11.0 or greater. Toronto is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog of 11.0 or greater
Vince Carter, who spent six-plus years with Toronto (and is enemy No.1 for the Raptors fans), is averaging 15.7 points on the season, but has put up 22.0 per game against the Raptors since he was traded in 2005.
Orlando’s Jameer Nelson scored 19 points in his return Wednesday after missing two games with a sprained ankle. Nelson is averaging 20.2 points and 6.2 assists in his last five games against Toronto.
Teams are shooting at a 48.4 percent clip against the Magic over the last three games compared to 38.5 percent in the first four contests.
Pretty much this will be a blow out win for Orlando who can put a huge score against a very small Raptors team. You can roll with the Magic, but today’s NBA free tip is :
Toronto Raptors/Orlando Magic Over 199.5 @ 1.926 only at Pinnacle