NBA Picks: Raptors vs. Magic +4.5

Sunday, March 30, 2014 12:35 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 12:35 PM UTC

The Raptors enter tonight's game in Orlando as clear-cut favorites in the NBA odds. They've won six straight games over the Magic in recent years, but the hosts have managed to win two in a row coming in. Who are we putting our faith in to cover?
<p><b>Odds Overview<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Checking over the sportsbooks, <a target="_blank" title="Who to fade or not fade?" href="">we see Orlando getting 4.5 points</a>. The Magic are 21-52 SU and 31-40-2 ATS this season, while Toronto is 41-31 SU and a very profitable 43-28-1 against the spread.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Find more NBA betting lines for this game and the rest of the upcoming slate at</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em"><br />Toronto Raptors<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">The Raptors just completed a home-and-road sweep of the Celtics, <a target="_blank" title="Read our predictions for this game" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-raptors-vs-celtics-go-under-a-38421/">beating them 99-90 on the road</a> before returning home to win 105-103 two nights later.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>It wasn't the most convincing of efforts from Boston in the rematch. Toronto was leading by 14 at one point but the visitors made a comeback in the fourth quarter to make things very interesting.</p> <p>With Kyle Lowry struggling – he finished with nine points on 4-of-13 shooting as well as six rebounds and five assists – DeMar DeRozan took it upon himself to take over offensively. He had 30 points on 12-of-27 shooting and added four assists, three boards and a steal.</p> <p>Ahead of tonight, Lowry is probable with a store ankle suffering during Friday's contest, while Patrick Patterson (elbow) is considered questionable to make his return after missing 12 games with the ailment.</p> <p>Toronto has been solid on the road this season, going 19-17 straight up. However, they've been an excellent team to back with your sports picks, going an impressive 24-12 ATS in 36 games away from home.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><a target="_blank" title="Take a look at some live NBA Championship Betting Lines" href=""><em>Take a look at some live NBA Championship Betting Lines</em></a></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Orlando Magic<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">After a terrible road trip which saw them lose all four of their games, the Magic have returned home to win two in a row.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">They first <a target="_blank" title="Take a look at our preview from this big win" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-trail-blazers-5-vs-magic-a-38380/">beat Portland 95-85</a> as 6.5-point underdogs in a terrific all-around performance, and three days later they escaped with a 110-105 overtime victory over Al Jefferson and the Bobcats.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>A dominant effort on the glass was key to Orlando's victory over Charlotte. They out-rebounded the visitors 57-36, with Nikola Vucevic absolutely crushing the boards. He grabbed 23 rebounds overall, 10 of which came on the offensive end.</p> <p>Vucevic finished with 24 points as well, but he wasn't the only one to contribute. Five other players hit double figures, with Jameer Nelson returning to put up a 11/8/4 line and Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo combining for 29 points off the bench.</p> <p>The overall disparity between Orlando's home and road records is astounding. They've won just four games on the road (4-34 SU) and are almost at .500 at home where they're 17-18 straight up and 19-16 ATS.</p> <p>[gameodds]5/260459/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">NBA Pick<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">The Raptors may be gearing up for a playoff run and have obviously been playing the better basketball this season.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">That being said, we feel <a target="_blank" title="Check out all of our free NBA picks and predictions" href="/nba-basketball/">the best NBA betting value for this evening's</a> game will come in siding with Orlando. The Magic have already pulled off some great wins at home and tend to never go down without a fight in front of their own fans.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Orlando is also fully healthy again and that should help them contend with the Raptors. The combo of Harris and Oladipo off the bench should pose problems tonight, part of the reason we're thinking the Magic can cover as dogs here.</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Pick: </b><span style="font-size:1em">Magic +4.5</span></p>
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