The Toronto Raptors will be looking for a measure of revenge on Tuesday, April 16th when they host the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of their best-of-seven first-round series. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST at Scotiabank Arena.
Raptors Came Up Short in Game 1
Game 1 was deja vu all over again for the Raptors, whose history of choking in the playoffs has been well documented. Toronto was outscored by Orlando 22-9 during the game’s final 31 minutes and gave up a crucial three-pointer to DJ Augustin with 3.4 seconds remaining to seal their fate. The Drakes have now lost five straight playoff games dating back to last year’s second round sweep against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
The @OrlandoMagic grabbed a 1-0 series lead on the Raptors, and they can take a commanding lead in tomorrow’s Game 2. To do that, Evan Fournier says they have to ready for a desperate and urgent Raptors squad. #PureMagic #BlueandWhiteIgnite pic.twitter.com/LZGREZZCOU
— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) April 15, 2019
Augustin Was Magical
In addition to hitting the game-winning basket, Augustin also hit a diving layoff with 44 seconds remaining to tie the game. The 31-year-old journeyman finished with 25 points on 9-13 shooting and set the tone for Orlando with his aggressive, fearless play.
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) April 13, 2019
Oddmakers Haven’t Lost Faith in Raptors Yet
Despite losing, the Raptors enter Game 2 as 9.5 point favorites against the Magic. They’ll need a significantly better performance from point guard Kyle Lowry, who was shut out in 34 minutes of court time. The five-time All-Star was 0-7 from the field and saw his career playoff scoring average dip to 15.0 points per game.
The Raptors will need a significantly better performance from point guard Kyle Lowry, who was shut out in 34 minutes of court time.
The Raptors will also need to squeeze out more production from Serge Ibaka, who managed just five points in 19 minutes off the bench. When he’s hitting his threes Toronto is an entirely different team.
Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors Regular Season Statistical Comparison
|111.3 (9th)||Offensive Rating||112.5 (5th)|
|107.3 (24th)||Points||114.4 (8th)|
|25.5 (12th)||Assists||25.4 (13th)|
|45.4 (18th)||Field-Goal Percentage||47.4 (5th)|
|35.6 (11th)||Three-Point Percentage||36.6 (6th)|
|+0.7 (14th)||Plus/Minus||+6.1 (3rd)|
|107.5 (8th)||Defensive Rating||106.8 (5th)|
|106.6 (5th)||Points||108.4 (9th)|
|45.6 (11th)||Field-Goal Percentage||44.9 (5th)|
|34.7 (10th)||Three-Point Percentage||34.5 (8th)|
|47.2 (8th)||Points In The Paint||47.5 (9th)|
Orlando Has Been Sensational Against the Spread
The 9.5-point spread isn’t the only angle you can take advantage of. Sportsbooks have also set an over/under total of 211. Keep in mind that Orlando is 46-36-1 against the spread this year and 38-45-0 over/under, compared to 38-45-0 ATS and 47-36-0 over/under for Toronto.
Feeling intrigued? Game 2 gets underway soon!