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Magic-Raptors Game 1 Betting Preview: Expect Toronto to Start Hot


Photo credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Kawhi Leonard

Game 1 Betting Odds: Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors

  • Spread: Raptors -8.5
  • Over/Under: 213
  • Time: 5 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN

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The new-look Raptors with Kawhi Leonard & Co. have lofty aspirations these playoffs, but it’ll start with a Game 1 matchup against the Magic. Will they come out hot and cover the number? Our analysts discuss.

Betting Trends to Know

No. 2 seeds have historically been undervalued in the opening round, going 86-52-6 (62%) ATS since 2005. No. 2 seeds that are sizable favorites (eight or more points), like the Raptors, have gone 33-19-1 ATS against 7-seeds. –– John Ewing

The Raptors ended the regular season on Tuesday and have had four days to prepare for the Magic. Since 2005, well-rested (at least four days between games) home teams have gone 97-58 (63%) ATS in the playoffs. — Ewing

LaMarca: Nikola Vucevic Is the Key to This Series

Vucevic is expected to be 100 percent for Game 1 of this series, and his importance for the Magic can’t be overstated. They’ve posted a Net Rating of +4.6 with Vucevic on the court this season, but their Net Rating has plummeted to -6.0 with Vucevic off the court.

How the Raptors choose to defend him could have a big impact on this series. Marc Gasol will likely get the first crack at it, but Serge Ibaka was significantly better against him during the regular season. He held Vucevic to -6.9 points per 100 possessions below his regular season average, and the Magic averaged -8.0 fewer points per 100 possessions in that matchup. — Matt LaMarca

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