Check out our free Raptors vs Magic pick and preview for this NBA game in Orlando. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Raptors vs Magic NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Toronto Raptors at Orlando Magic
- Where: Orlando at Amway Center
- Date: Friday, December 9th
- Betting Odds ORL +7.5, TOR -318 | ORL +256 O/U 221.0
So far, the Raptors have put together an overall record of 13-12, while going 14-11-0 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
In their previous game, the Raptors took down the Lakers by a score of 126-113. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 12 point favorites. Toronto was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Lakers to cut into their 23 point halftime lead. In the win, Fred VanVleet led the team in scoring with 25 points on a field goal percentage of 40.0%.
The Magic come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 6-20. So far, the team has gone 11-14-1 against the spread. Looking back on Magic’ previous 3 games, they have a record of 1-2 while averaging 108 points per game. Over this stretch, their ATS mark is 2-1.
The Magic are coming off a 116-111 win over the Clippers. This win came despite entering the game as the 6 point underdogs. Orlando pulled out the win despite trailing by 9 going into halftime. The team did not put a dent in this deficit in the 3rd quarter, but put together a strong comeback effort in the 4th. In the win, Paolo Banchero led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 38.5%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Raptors saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Magic, averaging 103.0 points per game. While the Raptors struggled on offense in the series, the Magic maintained their usual level of scoring at 100.33 vs Toronto. The Raptors have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 3-2. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 6 points per game. Toronto and Orlando averaged a combined 210 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Toronto offense is ranked 19th in the NBA in scoring at 111.4 points per game. So far, the Raptors are averaging 98.0 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 20th in made shots per game.
So far, the Raptors have played well defensively, as they are ranked 7th in the league at 107.1 points per contest.
This season, the Raptors offense has primarily worked through OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 25 games, Anunoby is 54th in the NBA at 19.2 points per game. So far, him and Trent Jr. have accounted for 32% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 35.9 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Gary Trent Jr. is grabbing 2.0 rebounds for Toronto to go along with 1.5 assists.
For the season, the Magic offensive unit is ranked just 29th in scoring at 107.9 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Magic will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.3 made 3’s per game. If the Orlando offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 15.8 turnovers per game.
Defensively, Orlando has had its problems giving up an average of 112.23 points per game (20th).
On offense, Franz Wagner leads the Magic in scoring at 19.1 points per game, placing him 55th in the NBA. Overall, Wagner has hit 48.7% of his shots while accounting for 17.4% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 29th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 21.8 points per game, Paolo Banchero is the 2nd leading scorer for the Magic. For the season, he is 108th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.6%.
Raptors vs Magic Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Magic +7.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 221.0
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