The Magic have the best ATS record in the NBA at 30-14, and they are a league best 17-6 straight up on the road. Lay the points north of the border vs. the slumping Raptors.
The Orlando Magic beat the Toronto Raptors 103-90 in Orlando back on November 18, but then lost in Toronto to the Raptors 109-102 on January 4.
The Raptors have gone 5-9 since that game, with two of their wins coming against the Bulls and Nets (both 21-27 teams) and the other three coming over the 11-35 Grizzlies, the 10-38 Kings and the 10-37 Wizards. The Raptors own one of the league's worst marks against the spread (19-27-2), which includes a 9-13 straight up and 7-14-1 ATS at home.
Meanwhile, the 35-10 Magic trail only the 39-9 Celtics, the 37-9 Lakers and the 36-9 Cavaliers in the NBA standings. No team has a better ATS mark than the Magic (30-14-1) and Orlando is a league-best 17-6 SU and 16-6-1 ATS on the road.
Both teams shoot well from three-point range, as the Magic lead the NBA with a three-point percentage of 40.0, while the Raptors have four players shooting better than 40.0 percent from beyond the arc in Parker (40.0), Bargnani (41.3), Kapono (42.9) and Calderon (45.8).
Bosh (23.1-9.7) is an All-Star, O'Neal (13.1-7.0) has been in-and-out of the lineup with nagging injuries (so what else is new?) and Bargnani (13.5-4.9) is turning out to be a solid NBA player. However, Toronto's frontcourt can't match that of the Magic, which features Howard (20.1-13.9), Lewis (19.3-6.0) and Turkoglu (17.2-5.3-4.8).
Toronto's PG Calderon (12.9-8.5 APG) is back after missing some time with a hamstring injury but his counterpart, Orlando's Nelson (17.0-5.3 APG), is having a breakout season. Pietrus (12.0) is finally back in the Orlando lineup but in his absence, Lee (6.7), Redick (5.4), Bogans (5.1) and Anthony Johnson (4.3-2.7 APG) all got added minutes in the backcourt, which in the long run, will only make the Magic better.
Not much else to say here but that I'm laying the points.
Free Pick: Magic -6 (-110)