The Toronto Raptors will be looking to build on the decent form that they have achieved over recent weeks by picking up a second win on the bounce against the Orlando Magic.
Raptors Building Momentum
The Toronto Raptors will still be aiming for a place in the playoffs this term, but they are unlikely to be the same threat as they have been over recent seasons in the post-season. The departures have left the Raptors a little light, with no player yet stepping up to fill the voids left by the departed Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol. Regardless, Toronto have won six of their previous ten, and come into this game having beaten the Magic over the weekend.
That win on Sunday night ended a three-game losing streak, as the Raptors ran out 115-102 winners. Pascal Siakam produced one of his most productive appearances of the season in that game, as he ended with a double-double. He scored 30 points and ten rebounds. Meanwhile, Terence Davis, Kyle Lowry and DeAndre’ Bembry all finished with 12. Yuta Watanabe was the only other Raptor to score more than ten points. However, Toronto will need to become more efficient from beyond the arc as the season progresses, as they scored on just 12 of their 39 efforts against the Magic in that game.
Magic Have Lost Their Last Three
It has been a difficult run of form for Orlando, as they come into this second game of a back-to-back with the Raptors having lost their last three in the NBA. The last win that the Magic recorded came against the Charlotte Hornets back at the end of January. Since then, they have lost to the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers as well as the Raptors. No Magic player scored 20 points in that recent defeat, as they were led by 16 points from Cole Anthony. Nikola Vucevic had 15, while Aaron Gordon scored 14.
They were more effective from three-point range in that game, and that would be something that they will be looking to build on in the return game against the Raptors. Orlando scored 13 of their 36 efforts, while they scored on 33 of their 82 efforts from the field. The Magic will be looking to improve from the free-throw line, as they scored on just 82.1% of their efforts on Sunday night.
Recent Meetings Between Raptors And Magic
The Magic don’t have a good record against the Raptors, as they haven’t won in six against their opponents on Tuesday evening. Toronto’s win on Sunday was their sixth on the bounce, and they have scored over 100 points in all but one of those victories. Toronto have won 51 of the overall meetings, while Orlando have won on 39 occasions.
Magic vs Raptors Pick
The Magic’s recent run of results will not give gamblers much confidence, which means that the selection for this game will be for the Raptors. Toronto will be looking to build momentum, and they will win their second game on the bounce on Tuesday night.