Raptors and Nuggets Poised To Take Game 2 On Tuesday

Raptors and Nuggets Poised To Take Game 2 On Tuesday

Jordan’s NBA Picks: 58-39 (Playoffs 4-1)

Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – 08:00 PM EDT

Free NBA Pick: Total

Recommended Sportsbook: 5Dimes

Magic at Raptors

Among the Game 1 upsets on the opening weekend of the playoffs, Orlando’s was arguably the most impressive. They shot only 40 percent from the floor, but some improved defense and a strong fourth quarter helped them steal the victory.

Bettors seem to think that won’t happen again, however. After opening at -8 ½, the line has crept into double digits in favor of the Raptors.

It’s kind of funny to see this. It’s not that I don’t believe the Raptors will win, but everyone on the Raptors had a good game outside of Kyle Lowry in Game 1 and they still lost. They played really good defense and still lost, at home.

I don’t think Lowry will put up a dud again like he did in Game 1, but with the Raptors’ history, I could see some money come in on the Magic eventually to move this line back down to single digits.

However, I’m more in favor of hitting the total. Some shops are still sitting with the line at 211, while others have moved to 211 ½ or even as high as 212 ½. If the Magic can continue to score on Toronto in Game 2, I know the Raptors are going to come with a better offensive effort.

There are just too many guys on Orlando that can hurt you, as D.J. Augustin showed in Game 1. The Raptors focused their defense on the two big guys for the Magic, which left Augustin and the rest of the Magic guards to combined for 61 of the Magic’s 104 points.

With an offense that has a lot of ways to score, the Raptors are going to have some weaknesses defensively. However, I also think Lowry bounces back in a big way on both ends in Game 2. I think this leads to another close game and scores that might approach 110 points for both teams.

Final Score Prediction: Magic 104 – Raptors 110

San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – 09:00 PM EDT

Free NBA Pick: Under 1H

Recommended Sportsbook: 5Dimes

Spurs at Nuggets

The Nuggets probably did some sole searching amongst themselves after blowing Game 1 to the Spurs. Their performance in the first half was atrocious and, after a great third quarter, they went right back to relaxed defense and letting the Spurs get to whatever spot they wanted.

However, I also think they will correct that in Game 2. Both teams hit some shots in the first half of Game 1, despite playing at a first half pace of just 94 possessions per 48 minutes.

If that slow pace continues and the shots start to roll off in the first half, we could see both teams fail to score 50 first half points.

During the regular season in their two home matchups against the Spurs, the Nuggets limited San Antonio to a 95.7 offensive rating in the first half.

So, assuming Game 1 was an outlier and the Nuggets’ defense regains some urgency, the first half under seems like a solid value still. San Antonio showed their defensive chops in Game 1 and believe me, that won’t stop in Game 2 despite their upset win.

First Half Score Prediction: Spurs 47 – Nuggets 50

My Pick: UNDER 1H