Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors NBA First Round Playoff Predictions

Photo of the pickswise logo
Photo of Alex Alarcon

Alex Alarcon

NBA

Show Bio

Content Manager for Pickswise.com The home of free sports picks and experts best bets.

The NBA First Round Playoff Games have arrived as Pickswise will be handing out daily winning NBA picks starting on Saturday. With over a decade of combined winning experience, Pickswise is your number one NBA first round playoff resource to win. To kick off the first round playoff games, the Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors from the Eastern Conference will go toe to toe. Enjoy these free NBA first round playoff predictions? Give @Pickswise a follow and get a first hand-look on his daily research.


Magic vs. Raptors First Round Playoff Predictions

Game 1: Magic vs. Raptors
Line: Raptors -420
Pickswise Expert Picks: Raptors WIN!

Toronto is a heavy favorite and hard to beat at home. The ATS record was not there this season but they only lost 9 times at Scotiabank Arena. One of those was to Orlando who actually split the season series with the Magic. The Magic have a couple of injury concerns coming into game one of the series. Jonathan Isaac is in concussion protocol and Nikola Vucevic is day to day. Those are two starting frontcourt players that this team needs.  Their depth is not very good. Toronto is as healthy as they have been all season and now they have to show that they are ready for the real season. The regular season has been really steady but they traded for Kawhi Leonard and Marc Gasol to make a difference now. Toronto is currently sitting at -420 money line which is still a great bet to make especially if pairing with another one of our NBA winners. Especially if Orlando is not totally healthy. Who are they going to go to when things get tight?  You have to take Toronto in this one.


Game 2: Magic vs. Raptors
Line: Raptors -570
Pickswise Expert Picks: Raptors WIN!

Toronto has to be a little nervous now. They have been building to the playoffs all season long and then they had a dud of an opener – All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry did not even score in the game, I wonder if that has ever even happened before.  Getting down 0-1 is certainly overcomeable but it puts extra pressure on a franchise that has not handled it well in the past. Orlando had its moments throughout the win but they did not play great. They hung in there and made plays at the end. Point guard DJ Augustin played great, including the winning shot, but the rest of the team was just OK.  I think if you are picking Orlando on the money line here is kind of like saying you now think they are going to win the series. I am not there just yet. Take Toronto. At -570 you are not going to get much of a return but it is the way to play it.


Game 3: Magic vs. Raptors
Line: Raptors -230
Pickswise Expert Picks: Raptors WIN!
After watching game two it was like the Raptors were letting the Magic have a little fun because they hadn’t been to the playoffs in a while in game one. Now that they are more focused and have Kyle Lowry back in the fold they should roll through the rest of the series. Lowry went from zero points to 22 and and long as he does not slide back the Raptors have advantages all over the court. Kawhi Leonard torched the Magic with 37 points. He is awesome but it was a little surprising given the Magic do actually play defense. Danny Green was held scoreless and it barely made a ripple for Toronto. They are around -230 for this one which is not terrible for a road favorite in this kind of matchup. I see no reason to get away from Toronto now that they have found their stride. The one thing to pick up is that they are not getting much from their bench.

Game 4: Magic vs. Raptors
Line: Raptors -230
Pickswise Expert Picks: Raptors WIN!

Toronto took the upper hand in the series by beating Orlando on the road in game three. At times they had bigger leads but the game closed as a five point margin which was nearly on the spread. Pascal Siakam was the best player on the floor for either team and if you are not familiar with Spicy P that is on you. He has emerged as one of the most improved and exciting players to watch.

I am not expecting much to change for game four. Toronto remains better than Orlando at nearly every spot on the floor and even though the Magic did get the pace they wanted at home they were not able to capitalize. It should be more of the same in game four as Toronto takes complete command of the series. Toronto is -230 which is not too bad. The spread is similar to G3 but this time I think they are more emphatic with a win like they were in G2. Take the Raptors.


Game 5: Magic vs. Raptors
Line: Raptors -1000
Pickswise Expert Picks: Raptors WIN!

Toronto did not get off to a great start in game four but once they found their groove the Magic had no answers. In the easy win the Raptors got plenty from start Kawhi Leonard but also got more from their bench than they have in other games. For Orlando it was basically only Aaron Gordon who came to play and even though he is showing more in this series than I expected he is not enough. The series is returning to Toronto for this one and just like in the Philly/Brooklyn series where the underdogs stole the opener this is looking like the end of the line. Toronto is vastly superior and should close this one in front of their fans. You are not going to get rich backing the Raptors to win in this spot as they are -1000 but I don’t see how you can make a play on Orlando. They are done.

 

Virginia Bonuses

See All
Unibet

$100

Get a $100 Risk-Free Bet!

Register for a new Unibet account & make a deposit

Place your first bet up to $100 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $100

New players only. Terms & conditions apply. 21+. VA only.

FanDuel Sportsbook

$1,000

Get a $1,000 No Sweat First Bet

Sign up for a new FanDuel Sportsbook account and make your first deposit of $10+

Place your first bet up to $1,000!

Get refunded if you lose up to $1,000

Must be 21+. First online real money wager only. $10 first deposit required. Bonus issued as non-withdrawable free bets that expire 14 days after receipt. See full terms at fanduel.com/sportsbook.

BetRivers

$500

Get a $500 Risk-Free Bet

Sign up for a new BetRivers account using promo code PICKSWISE

Make your first deposit & get up to $500 in free bets

To get $500 in free bets, wager $500

Must be 21+. Play in IA Only. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-BETS OFF

BetMGM

$200

Bet $10, Win $200 if Any NBA Team Hits a Three Pointer!

Sign up for a new betting account with BetMGM

Place a pre-game moneyline wager of at least $10 on a NBA game

Win $200 in free bets if any team hits a three pointer

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

DraftKings

$150

Bet $5 & Win $150 If Your First Moneyline Bet Wins!

Sign up for a new account with DraftKings Sportsbook and make your first deposit

Bet $5+ on the pre-game Moneyline in any sport

Win $200 if your team wins

Offer valid for new players only. Must be 21 years or older to play. Reward paid in site credit. Full terms available at DraftKings Sportsbook.

PointsBet

$800

Get 4x $200 In Free Bets

Sign up for a new PointsBet account

Bet up to $200 and If you lose, you get a refund

You will receive Free Bet(s) in the amount of the losing wager(s), up to $200 each for four days.

Must be 21+. Full terms are available at PointsBet.

Caesars Sportsbook

$1,250

Get a $1,250 risk-free bet

Sign up for a new Caesars Sportsbook account

Place your first bet of $10 or more

If your first bet loses, you’ll receive a refund up to $1,250 from Caesars in free bets

21+. Terms and conditions apply.

BetMGM

$200

Bet $10, Get $200 if Any NHL Team Scores A Goal

Sign up for a new betting account with BetMGM

Place a pre-game moneyline wager of at least $10 on a NHL game

Win $200 in free bets if any teams scores a goal

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

BetMGM

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet

Register for a new BetMGM & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

PointsBet

$500

Get 5x $100 in Free Bets for Steelers vs. Colts!

Sign up for a new PointsBet account

Make a bet of up to $100 and receive a refund if you lose

Get this offer once a day for the first 5 days you sign up

Must be 21+. Full terms are available at PointsBet.

DraftKings

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Deposit Bonus

Register for a new DraftKings Sportsbook account & deposit

DraftKings will match 20% of your deposit up to $1,000 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $500

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

PointsBet

$2,000

Get $2,000 in Free Bets

Register for a new PointsBet account & deposit

Receive a free bet refund up to $500 if your first fixed odds bet loses

& a free bet refund up to $1,500 if your first two PointsBetting Wager loses

Must be 21+. Full terms are available at PointsBet.

Monkey Knife Fight

$100

Claim Instant Deposit Match up to $100 + Free $5 game

Register for a Monkey Knife Fight account & deposit using promo code PICKSWISE100

Monkey Knife Fight will match your first deposit up to $100

Deposit $100 and you'll get $100 bonus + a free $5 game

18+. Terms and conditions apply. You must live in one of the states where real money DFS is legal.

TVG

$200

Get Your First Single-Horse Win Wager Back Up to $200 if you don't win

Register for a new TVG account and make a deposit

Place your first single horse win-type bet up to $200

If your horse doesn't win you'll get a refund up to $300

21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.

TwinSpires

$200

Get a $200 Sign-Up Bonus with Twinspires Racebook!

Open your TwinSpires.com account using offer code BET200

$200 bonus cash will be credited in increments of $100 for every $400 wagered

To earn the full $200 bonus players must wager $800 within 30 days

21+. Terms and conditions apply.

Underdog Fantasy

$100

First deposit is 100% matched up to $100 with Underdog Fantasy

Sign up for a new account with Underdog Fantasy

Make your first deposit

Every dollar (up to $100) will be matched! Deposit $25, get $50; deposit $100, get $200, etc

Must be 21+ to play. Terms & conditions apply