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Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

The Orlando Magic have rediscovered their form at the right time and have forced their way back into the top six in the East with just 16 regular season games remaining.

The Magic will be hoping to make some noise in the playoffs and they can strengthen their hold on a top six seed when they entertain a Toronto Raptors side who are facing the prospect of a second successive season without postseason action.

 With the game tipping off at 7:30 pm ET on Friday night, it’s time to break down the betting odds and make our best bets. 

Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors betting picks and predictions 

Orlando Magic -8.5 (–110)

This is a match-up between two teams heading in opposite directions as Orlando are 6-2 over their last eight games, while Toronto are on a five-game losing streak.

The Raptors have a lengthy injury list and are already looking ahead to the offseason, when they will be able to make some moves in regard to their rebuild.

Orlando already has a quality squad in place with some young talent that should be capable of improving further, but this ambitious squad have a chance to make an impact this season as well.

The Raptors have lost their last five and two of those defeats have come against teams outside of the postseason spots. The Raptors were beaten by nine points by the Pistons in Detroit in their last game and their recent losses in Toronto have been concerning.

The Raptors went down 139-98 to New Orleans Pelicans in their last home game and have also been beaten by 15 points by the Golden State Warriors and 10 points by Dallas Mavericks at home recently. 

Orlando have claimed big wins at Washington and Charlotte in March and they won by 19 points when these sides last met in Florida in November, so they can beat a -8.5 handicap in the Point Spread here. 

Toronto Raptors under 101.5 points (+130)

Orlando is in joint 10th in the defensive rating standings for the season, and has raised its levels in that regard in recent games.

The Magic have managed to restrict their opponents to fewer than 100 points in five of their last eight games and they may be able to keep this shorthanded Raptors team fairly quiet on Friday.

Toronto scored just 104 points against a Detroit team with statistically the second-worst defence in the league last time out, and managed just 107 at Orlando when these teams last met - and the Raptors had a stronger roster to select from back then.

The Magic lost at New York Knicks in their last road game but still managed to restrict their hosts to 98 points, so they may be able to stop Toronto reaching 102 or more regardless of the final result here.

Paolo Banchero 25+ Points (+125)

The Magic owe much of their success this season to forward Paolo Banchero, who won the Rookie of the Year award last season and earned his first All-Star selection this year.

Banchero is averaging 22.8 points per game for the season and looks a strong play at -125 to score over 22.5, but it could be worth being a little bolder here and backing him to score 25 or more.

The Duke-product has scored at least 25 points in three of his last seven games and he led the game in scoring with 25 when these teams last faced off.

Banchero had 21 points against Brooklyn Nets last time out and had close to a perfect night of shooting - missing just one of his 16 attempts in total. He may get a few more opportunities against Toronto and can reach 25 at least on Friday.

Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors odds

ORL Magic

-350 ML

TOR Raptors

+275 ML

Spread

ORL Magic -8.5

Total Points

O/U 217.0

Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors player props

Player Points

Cole Anthony (ORL Magic)

O/U 9.5

Paolo Banchero (ORL Magic)

O/U 22.5

Wendell Carter Jr (ORL Magic)

O/U 11.5

Markelle Fultz (ORL Magic)

O/U 7.5

Gary Harris (ORL Magic)

O/U 7.5

Joe Ingles (ORL Magic)

O/U 3.5

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Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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