Toronto and Orlando head to London to represent the NBA in an overseas battle on January 14. Tip-off is at 3:00 pm EST. The game takes place at the O2 Arena in London.
“Hopefully, we’ll use this trip to England as a mini training camp sort of situation,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “We have a lot of things to get better.”
This is the NBA’s sixth regular season game in London, and the Raptors played in the first two from March 4-5, 2011, losing both to the then-New Jersey Nets.
The Orlando Magic had a pair of exhibition games against Atlanta there in October 1993 with current coach Scott Skiles playing point guard.
“I remember playing in London with the Magic in 1993 and I am sure our current players will relish this unique opportunity,” Skiles said.
A Closer Look At The Toronto Raptors Vs Orlando Magic NBA Odds
What: Toronto Raptors (24-15) at Orlando Magic (20-18)
When: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Kickoff: 3 PM ET
Where: London, United Kingdom
Stadium: O2 ARENA
Spread: Raptors -4
Moneyline: Toronto -170 vs Orlando +150
Game Total: 192.5
Watch: NBA TV
Stream: NBA TV
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Toronto has gone from a -3.5 point favorite to a full -4 point favorite. The Raptors figure to be the choice on the moneyline. The total is a relatively low 192.5.
Bet The Toronto Raptors -4 Because…
The Raptors are on a hot streak. Toronto has gone 3 and 0 both straight up and against the spread in their last 3 games. Granted, Toronto played Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Washington on the road, but all of those games were on the road. They still managed to cover the spread in those 3 road games and all 3 games occurred after a road loss to the Cavaliers. The Raptors are 7 and 3 straight up in their last 10 games. It will be 5 days since their last game, which should be plenty of time for Toronto to have recovered from the mini 4 game road trip.
Bet The Orlando Magic +4 Because…
Orlando matches up well with Toronto. The Magic aren’t a great offensive team. They average 98.9 points per game, which ranks 20th in the NBA. They also shoot 35.1% from the 3-point line. But, the Magic is very good in the paint. They shoot 45.2% on average per game. That ranks 9th in the NBA. Orlando’s offense is supported by one of the better defenses in the league. The Magic allows 44% from the field, ranking Orlando 11th in defensive field goal percentage, and 98.6 points per game, ranking Orlando 7th in points allowed per game.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
These 2 teams played on Nov. 6 with Orlando beating Toronto 92 to 87. It was a brilliant defensive game by the Magic who held the Raptors to 21.7% shooting from the three-point line and 34.9% from the field. 5 players scored in double-figures for Orlando in that game.
Things figure to be much different for the Magic in London on Thursday. While Toronto goes into this game on a hot streak, Orlando goes into the game having lost 5 out of their last 6. The Magic has gone 3 and 7 ATS in their last 10.
Almost as important is the fact that C.J. Watson won’t suit up for the Magic in this. Watson scored 12 points, grabbed 5 boards and dished 2 assists in the Nov. 6 win. My money will be on the Raptors to cover.
My final score prediction is Toronto 98, Orlando 90.