Toronto Raptors host Orlando Magic as home favourites on NBA odds

Orlando Magic centre Nikola Vucevic (9) protects the ball from Toronto Raptors centre Marc Gasol (33) during first half NBA basketball playoff action in Toronto, on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Frank Gunn/CP)

The Toronto Raptors will look to stay perfect on home court this season when they play host to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night as 4.5-point favourites on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto is coming off a decisive 132-96 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, lifting the club’s straight-up record on home court this season to an unblemished 5-0 going into Wednesday night’s Magic vs. Raptors betting matchup at Scotiabank Arena.

But while the Raptors remain unbeaten at home and hold down fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 9-4 SU overall record, they have struggled to find consistency at the sportsbooks in recent outings, going 4-4 against the spread over their past eight contests.

And while the Raptors have covered the posted spread in four of their five home games this season, they have produced uneven results in recent home dates while pegged as favourites of five or fewer points, covering just four times over their past nine such outings.

However, the Raptors rose to the occasion in the Magic’s first visit to Toronto this season back in October, recording a 104-95 win to pay out as 5-point home chalk. Kyle Lowry emerged as the hero of that contest, draining a team-high 26 points including 10 points in the final frame to seal the win. But with Lowry still sidelined by injury, the Raptors will be looking to Pascal Siakam to continue the strong play that has netted him 26.2 points per game on home court, including a 24-point performance in last month’s win over Orlando.

Siakam has also averaged 8.6 rebounds per game while asserting himself as a team leader, earning him recognition on the NBA MVP odds, where he joins Ben Simmons and Paul George as a +5000 wager.

The Magic open a four-game road trip on Tuesday after extending their current SU win streak to three games with a narrow 125-121 win over the visiting Washington Wizards on Sunday. Orlando has turned things around since opening the season on a dismal 2-6 SU run, winning four of its past five games.

However, the Magic have struggled on the road, going winless SU in four outings, and have emerged as a betting disappointment, covering just once during their current three-game surge. Orlando has also historically struggled against the Raptors, falling to defeat in seven of their last nine regular-season meetings, and posting just two wins in 13 regular-season visits to Toronto since March 2012, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

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