Orlando vs. Toronto
PICK: guts @ Over 209.5 (-118)
DATE: April 16, 2019 - 8:00 PM
STAR RATING: 10.0
EXPERT: Ricky Tran
EVALUATION: Loss (-1180) - Final Total 193
Ricky's 10* TOTAL OF WEEK over Magic/Raptors.
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- Do or die for Toronto. Toronto can ill afford to go down 0-2 to the surging Magic heading back to Orlando. The Raptors achilles heel over the years has been their play on the road in the postseason, and home court was supposed to be their major advantage. The Magic have been playing exceptionally well defensively, but I expect a much faster paced, wide open affair in Game 2 as the home side pushes the tempo from the opening tip, until the final buzzer. From a situational stand point, this one definitely sets up well as a high-scoring shootout in my opinion.
- Orlando has seen the total go over the number in 17 of 23 this year off an upset win as an underdog.
- Toronto has seen the total go over in nine of ten this year in trying to revenge a home loss vs. an opponent.
The verdict: Expect Kyle Lowry and company to get back on track with a full four-quarter effort. Play the over!