DeMar DeRozan and the rest of the Toronto Raptors will be hosting the Orlando Magic this MOnday. The Magic has a 1 game winning streak coming in to this game. They defeated the Milwaukee Bucks (98-114) in a dominating performance. The team is 2nd to Miami in the Southeast division having a record of 24W-14L. The team’s performance definitely assured the slot to the playoffs and possibly playing against Philadelphia in the first round.
On the other hand, the Raptors had a rough season having a 12W-25L record. During their game against the visiting Golden State, the team’s valiant defensive efforts managed them to get the “W”, the final score 75-83. With the absence of Bargnani, DeRozan have taken the leadership role and really stepped up his game. Start your Basketball Betting action on the Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors game.
The Magic’s success can be attributed to Dwight Howard’s amazing performance. Known for his defense rather than scoring, Howard proved to be a force in the paint over the years grabbing rebounds and blocking shots. As the league’s top rebounder (15 rebounds/game), the 6 time All-Star has been consistent in his forte and able to dish out some points (20.5 points/game)as well. Though the spotlight is on him, there’s no denying that his teammates also made vital contributions. JJ Redick and Chris Duhon have been a threat in the perimeter. The duo managed to maintain a respectable 42% from the 3-point range. Moreover, with the excellent ball handling of Jameer Nelson, Orlando chances of getting in the finals is more likely to happen this year.
The Raptors will have to make minor adjustments in defense coming in to Monday’s game against Orlando. The players must be able to run their plays successfully, guard the perimeter, and do gang rebounding in the paint. They should be able to neutralize Dwight Howard’s presence inside by being patient in the offense and look for the open man. Defensewise, they must work on the defensive rotation as the Magic has a scoring threat on the inside and outside. It’s certain that Howard will be double teamed, so the other players must be able to rotate quickly not to leave open shooters. While waiting for Andreas Bargnani to come back, DeRozan must play his usual game. Leandro Barbosa and Linas Kleiza must also compliment DeMar’s performance and score points.
During this game, the odds are with Orlando. They are the favored team to win, but the Raptors have the homecourt advantage and a handful of veterans to rely on. The NBA odds are listing the Magic as the -6 ½ point favorites, with the total set at 185 ½. Will the Toronto Raptors reign supreme and defend their home? Or will the Orlando Magic steal one on the road? Let’s see this Monday.
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