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Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors

March 15, 2024

The Orlando Magic are set to take on the Toronto Raptors Friday night inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. The Magic are a fun and young team to watch. They are playing very carefree this season, and they believe they can make some noise in the playoffs. The two teams will turn around and meet again on Sunday. Bookmaker has installed the Magic as a solid - 5.5-point favorite in this game. 

The Magic (38-28) might have a sleeper pick for the league MVP in rising star Paolo Banchero, who has been brilliant for them this season. The young 21-year-old is averaging a team-high 22 points per night and hauling down close to seven rebounds. He is really emerging as the face of the franchise. He loves to run the floor and get out on fast breaks, and his teammates love to get him involved. 

The Magic might have arrived a year early, but they are putting the pieces in place around him to build a contender. Orlando has some depth this season, and they are also getting contributions from small forward Franz Wagner, who is netting around 20 points a game to go along with just four assists per game. 

The Magic connect on 54% from the floor and are a solid shooting team from beyond the arc. 

Toronto Raptors Betting Preview

The Raptors (23-43) are limping toward the finish line and can not wait for the season to end. It is clear they are in the process of rebuilding and have a ton of holes that need to be filled over the summer once the season ends. 

They have dropped five straight and seven of eight overall, falling 20 games under .500 on the season. 

Their one bright spot on offense is RJ Barrett, who has played well since Toronto acquired him from the New York Knicks. He is dealing with an injury and might be unavailable for Friday's contest due to personal reasons. 

If he can not go, Toronto will be in serious trouble, and this game might not even be competitive. Look for the Raptors to try to slow down the pace and limit the Magic to under 100 points, which is challenging. They will also have to try to force the Magic into careless play and bad turnovers if they want this game to be close heading into the fourth quarter. 

Game Odds, Series Trends, and Free Pick 

The Raptors are 0-5 in their last five games and 2-3 in their previous five games against the spread. They are also 17-16 in their road games against the number. The totals have gone over in three out of their last five games. The Magic are 3-2 in their last five games and 3-2 in their previous five games against the number but a very solid 21-14 in their road games against the spread. 

Pick: Orlando Magic - 5.5