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Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic Preview and Predictions 04-19-2019 in NBA


The Toronto Raptors are soaring after notching the largest margin of victory in the franchise's playoff history. The Raptors look to follow up the 29-point triumph with another solid performance when they visit the Orlando Magic on Friday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round series.

Second-seeded Toronto dropped the series opener to the seventh-seeded Magic but restored order in Game 2 with the dominating 111-82 victory as All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard poured in 37 points. "He was just in a groove, getting downhill, getting to his spots," point guard Kyle Lowry told reporters of Leonard. "He's a player who knows where he wants to be on the floor and when he gets to those spots, he's pretty tough to guard." Orlando will be looking to ride the momentum of the crowd as it plays a home playoff game for the first time since 2012 after winning its final nine regular-season contests at the Amway Center. "Amway is going to be beautiful, it will be rocking, and it will be louder than it's been in seven years," Magic power forward Aaron Gordon told reporters. "It's going to be beautiful having the whole city of Orlando behind us and we'll feed off that crowd. We like that energy."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN, Sportsnet (Toronto), FS Florida (Orlando) LINE: Raptors -5.5

ABOUT THE RAPTORS: Lowry rebounded from a scoreless effort in Game 1 to score 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the Game 2 rout. "He did a great job of bouncing back," Leonard told reporters. "He's a pro. That's what pros do, they know it's just one game and they come in the next game ready to play." Leonard averaged 31 points in the two games in Toronto and power forward Pascal Siakam also stood out with averages of 21.5 points and 9.5 rebounds.



ABOUT THE MAGIC: All-Star center Nikola Vucevic has been a major disappointment thus far by averaging 8.5 points on 6-of-21 shooting and seven rebounds per game. "They did a good job taking away a lot of the stuff, a lot of my strengths, and I just have to figure it out a way to be more aggressive and be more efficient offensively," Vucevic told reporters. "... I expected them to have a big focus on me, so I just have to look at the tape and see what I can do better." Point guard D.J. Augustin, who scored 25 points and made the game-winning 3-pointer in Game 1, had just nine points on 1-of-6 shooting in Game 2.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Magic won 13 of their final 14 regular-season home games.

2. Toronto backup G Patrick McCaw (thumb) is expected to be available for Game 3.

3. Orlando SG Evan Fournier is just 11-of-30 shooting while averaging 13 points in the series.

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Amway Center
Orlando, Florida, USA.
Capacity: 18,846

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Last Injuries

Toronto Raptors

  • OG Anunoby

    Appendix
    Doub Thurs | doubtful

    Anunoby is on the mend from an appendectomy. He is not expected to return against the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

  • Kyle Lowry

    Thumb
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Lowry is nursing a left thumb injury but is likely to play in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Bucks.

  • Kawhi Leonard

    Leg
    Prob Tues | probable

    Leonard is expected to play against the Bucks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals despite a left leg injury.

  • Chris Boucher

    Back
    Prob Wed | probable

    Boucher is dealing with back spasms but it is likely he will play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Bucks.

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orlando-magic Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Nikola Vucevic 80 80 1665 307 36 1354 701 227 179 231 84 224
Aaron Gordon 78 78 1246 289 31 1046 470 253 185 347 121 129
Evan Fournier 81 81 1226 295 31 1069 468 170 137 450 153 38
Terrence Ross 81 0 1223 135 35 1027 440 144 126 566 217 27
D.J. Augustin 81 81 948 426 27 677 318 209 181 311 131 41
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Nikola Vucevic 80 80 736 89 81 159 157 4
Aaron Gordon 78 78 445 56 57 162 172 2
Jonathan Isaac 75 64 312 98 59 76 143 1
Terrence Ross 81 0 253 29 72 90 119 1
Evan Fournier 81 81 220 12 71 154 225 7

toronto-raptors Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Kawhi Leonard 60 60 1596 199 45 1129 560 426 364 302 112 78
Pascal Siakam 80 79 1354 248 44 945 519 302 237 214 79 124
Serge Ibaka 74 51 1112 99 34 877 464 177 135 169 49 156
Kyle Lowry 65 65 926 564 35 739 304 194 161 453 157 41
Danny Green 80 80 821 126 29 630 293 44 37 435 198 60
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Serge Ibaka 74 51 445 103 29 114 211 4
Pascal Siakam 80 79 425 52 73 154 241 5
Kawhi Leonard 60 60 361 24 106 121 87 2
Kyle Lowry 65 65 271 31 91 182 166 8
Danny Green 80 80 257 53 73 75 171 3