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Raptors Magic Betting Tips – Raptors And Magic Stand On Even Terms

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/22/2013 8:01:43 PM

The Toronto Raptors are 15-26 as of the morning of Jan. 22. The Orlando Magic are 14-26 on that same date. One should expect a very close contest this Thursday night in Florida.

Toronto Raptors @ Orlando Magic – Thursday, January 24     
Sport betting line: No line

Why Toronto Will Win

When the best online betting sites size up this game, they won't have to come up with overly complex reasons for a victory by the Raptors. Toronto has simply been playing a more competitive brand of basketball this month than Orlando has. The Raptors gained notice around the NBA by beating the Los Angeles Lakers this past Sunday, and they've also scored wins against playoff contenders such as Milwaukee and Portland. Toronto isn't tearing up the league – it is 4-6 in the month of January – but playing just below the .500 mark is quite respectable for a franchise that has been mired in misery for almost all of its existence, the conspicuous exception being the Vince Carter years in the very early part of the first decade of the new century.

The best reason to take Toronto here is that its opponent is playing very poorly. Orlando is only 2-7 in January and, in looking at the bigger picture, has won just two games since Dec. 19. The Magic just can't play well at both ends of the floor in the same game. In late December, the Magic were losing games by scores of 97-93. Over the past two to three weeks, the Magic have been losing by scores of 111-105 or 108-105. If the offense plays well, the defense is a bit worse. If the defense plays well, the offense is not quite good enough to take advantage. This is a team in the midst of a massive collapse. Toronto can certainly walk into North Florida and prevail.

Why Orlando Will Win

This is not high-stakes poker, but NBA basketball demands the ability to ride out a series of bad hands and wait for the winning play. Orlando has indeed won only twice since Dec. 19, but the Magic – upon closer inspection – have scored those two wins in the past week and a half. Moreover, those wins have come against really good teams, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Indiana Pacers, teams that are in the top four of each conference. Orlando is slowly but steadily reviving itself. It has not found regular consistency, but it is gaining belief rather than losing it. Players are working hard for first-year coach Jacque Vaughn.

An important point to be made for the Magic in this game is that while they get Wednesday off in advance of this Thursday game, Toronto will be playing Miami on Wednesday night. The Raptors might not be as fresh as they would like to be, and that could give Orlando a crucial edge.

Who Will Win

This is a coin-flip game, but Toronto might be tired after playing Miami. The Raptors played most of their January games at home. A road trip is likely to be unkind to them.  
NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Orlando


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