The NBA is a whirlwind at the best of times and the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic will be sick of seeing each other after this week’s game. Less than a week ago, Toronto defeated Orlando 113-97 in front of a jubilant Scotiabank Arena crowd but this will be much tougher.
Winning on the road in the NBA is never easy and Orlando will believe that they can settle the score back on home court. With six wins from nine NBA home games this year, it would be fair to state that the Magic have been much better at Amway Center than on the road.
However, most bookmakers are pricing Orlando up as rank outsiders to prevail on Friday night. According to the latest basketball odds with William Hill, the Magic are 29/20 to claim a much-needed win while Toronto are as short as 20/33 with the same firm.
The Raptors have exceeded all expectations in the early stages of the season. Nick Nurse’s men are on a five-game winning streak ahead of Friday’s clash and Toronto fans will expect to come away from Amway Center with another victory this weekend.
With a perfect 8-0 home record, Toronto will be looking forward to returning to Scotiabank Arena and a run of three home games awaits after this. Claiming a win here ahead of that triple header would give the Raptors a timely confidence boost.
Event Date: November 29, 2019
Home Form Key For Magic In 2019/20
We’ve already touched on Orlando’s form at Amway Center but it is important to get some additional perspective. The Magic have won just one of their eight road games this season – you won’t find many playoff teams with a record like that…
Yet there is a quiet buzz about the team and its chances of success in the future. The Magic are starting to build the foundations for the coming years and Orlando are simply looking to make a positive impact on the NBA this season.
Winning the odd game against a genuine NBA Championship rival will sit well with the fans though and what better way to build momentum than beating the defending champions? It won’t be straightforward but you just cannot write Orlando off at Amway Center.
Is The Repeat On For Toronto?
Let’s not get carried away just yet. The Raptors have played some sublime basketball so far this year but we’re not even in December – there is a long way to go. However, Nurse’s side have shown that they are made of stern stuff and that grit will stand them in good stead.
According to the early NBA title betting, Toronto are around a 20/1 chance to repeat in 2019/20. It would be some achievement given Kawhi Leonard’s departure but the Raptors are much more about the collective now rather than individual talent.
Our prediction of Toronto winning by 1-16 points in their most recent clash with Orlando was spot on but it should be much closer this time around. In fact, some NBA fans will be tempted to side with the Magic – they are certainly the value pick in this contest.
However, it is hard to back against the Raptors on current form. The visitors have been far from perfect on the road this year but Nurse’s men will be quietly confident of notching a sixth successive victory.
All omens point towards a Raptors win this weekend. Toronto to win by 6-10 points could be the way to go given Orlando’s strong home record.
TIP: Toronto to win by 6-10 points
CORRECT SCORE: Orlando Magic 106-114 Toronto Raptors