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Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors. Will the Raptors rebound from a loss in Game 1?

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The Orlando Magic entered the playoffs with a 42-40 record, seventh in the Eastern Conference. They had a daunting task on the road against the second seeded Toronto Raptors, who were 32-9 at home during the regular season and 58-24 overall.

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Game One Review

After a tight first quarter, the Magic outscored the Raptors in the second by a 32-19 margin to take the lead. Toronto regained the lead by point after three quarters but couldn’t shake the Magic. Orlando outscored the Raptors by four to pull off a monumental upset, 104-101.  D.J. Augustin lead the Magic with 25 points and six assists. Aaron Gordon added ten rebounds. For the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard scored 25, while Pascal Siakam hauled in nine rebounds and Kyle Lowry had eight assists.

Season statistical comparisons

Toronto had a large advantage offensively during the regular season, ranked 8th in scoring compared to 25th for Orlando. The teams were nearly even defensively in terms of points allowed per game. They were also both in the middle of the pack in rebounding and turnovers. The Raptors were the more proficient 3pt-shooting team and the biggest overall difference is the Raptors have more offensive fire power.

Individual leaders: Regular season

Nikola Vucevic, who struggled to just 11 points in Game One, lead the Magic in scoring (20.8 points), rebounding (12.0)  and steals (1.0) during the regular season. D.J. Augustin paced the team with 5.3 assists per game, while Mo Bamba lead the team in blocked shots at 1.4 per contest.

For the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard averaged a team best 25 points per game. Pascal Siakam hauled in a team best nine rebounds per game to go along with two blocked shots per contest. Kyle Lowry lead the team in both assists and steals.

Game two prediction

The Magic now have home court advantage and it will be a tall order for them to win both games at Toronto. The Raptors have their backs against the walls and outplayed the Magic by a nine-point margin with the exception of the second quarter. Best bet is for a significant bounce-back game for Toronto. They won’t head to Orlando down 2-0. Bet on the Raptors to win and cover and bet the “over”.

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