The Toronto Raptors were surprised by the Orlando Magic in Game 1 and now they face a tough must-win scenario on Tuesday night.
Tuesday, April 16 at 8:00 PM ET
Do You Believe in Magic?
The Raptors missed plenty of open looks in Game 1, losing 104-101 but their defense off the bench failed them. OG Anunoby being a late scratch for this series after having an emergency appendectomy didn't help matters and Patrick McCaw isn't ready to return yet after the splint on his sprained right thumb was removed.
Head coach Steve Clifford changed the culture in Orlando and the Magic played without playoff jitters. Seven different players scored in double figures in Game 1 but point guard D.J. Augustin led the way with 25 points, making four of his five 3-point attempts, including the game-winner in a brilliant clutch performance and his six assists led to two shots at the rim and three from beyond the arc. He committed just one turnover.
Aaron Gordon had 10 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals and he put together a number of notable defensive possessions for the Magic, making it very difficult for Kawhi Leonard to dictate offense.
The Magic shot 14-for-29 (48.3 percent) from beyond the arc, well above their 35.6-percent season average and their free-throw edge also proved crucial. They got to the line at a higher rate and converted 18 of 20 free-throws (90.0 percent) against Toronto's 9 of 14 (64.3 percent). If the Magic keep up that pace they will be hard to beat.
Kyle Lowry had a disappointing performance in Game 1, scoring 0 points on 0-for-7 shooting, including 0-for-6 from downtown and 13.0 percent usage. He had eight assists against just two turnovers (both were live-ball) but the Raptors needed more from him in a game that they ultimately lost by just three points and they won't win tonight unless he shows up.
The Orlando Magic are:
5-0 ATS in their last five games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
5-0 ATS in their last five games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
6-1 ATS in their last seven games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 games against Atlantic Division opponents
The Toronto Raptors are:
4-10 ATS in their last 14 games against Southeast Division opponents
1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning straight up record
1-1-5 ATS in the last seven meetings
The underdog is 5-1-1 ATS in the last seven meetings and I just can't see the Raptors covering so many points. They will defend the perimeter better but the Magic can keep it close.
NBA Pick: Magic +10.5 (-110) at Jazz Sports
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