NBA Playoffs Preview: Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic

14 April, 2019, 03:53 | Author: Isabel Grant
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The Lakers were 20-14 and in fourth place in the Western Conference after beating the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day, when James suffered a groin injury that cost him the next 17 games.

Prior to Wednesday, Orlando's starting five had opened 34 games in a row together. However, the whole move seemed tasteless and a way to keep the Lakers taking over the news cycle for all the wrong reasons.

This season's Raptors squad, which hosts the Orlando Magic in Game 1 of the opening round on Saturday, has been rebuilt with National Basketball Association championship aspirations in mind. Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Magic vs. Raptors spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up more than $4,000 on its National Basketball Association picks this season, and find out. Magic's primary goal was the acquisition of another star to play alongside LeBron, and his midseason pursuit of Anthony Davis caused upheaval in the Lakers' locker room. They don't just want to show up for their first-round series against the heavily favored Toronto Raptors.

LAST 10 GAMES: Magic: 8-2, averaging 117.2 points, 48.8 rebounds, 29.6 assists, 7.4 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 47.4 per cent from the field.

Leonard's experience and ability to dominate a playoff series is exactly why Masai Ujiri made the decision to trade for him in the 2018 offseason. Clifford said the commitment by the DeVos family ownership and the team's management makes it easy for players and coaches to be successful. He's on his fifth team since that time.

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This is only the second game Nikola Vucevic will miss this season.

The Raptors won't be at full strength for Game 1, and probably won't be for a while. It was a slight improvement from last season when the team finished the year on a 35-47 record.

Ross has an opportunity to make things hard for his former team and he enters the postseason on an absolute tear.

PISTONS 115, KNICKS 89: Luke Kennard scored 27 points, Reggie Jackson had 21, and Andre Drummond added 20 points and 18 rebounds as Detroit won at NY to lock up the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot. He offered little insight into whether he will be back after the Hornets were eliminated from playoff contention Wednesday with a 122-114 loss to the Orlando Magic on the final night of the regular season. His loss won't completely swing the series but his defense was something the Raptors utilized heavily past year in their Playoff run. The Magic are riding momentum from a strong late-season surge.

- Orlando returns to the postseason after a six-year absence - its last postseason appearance came in 2012. Detroit won the game 112-107 in overtime.

A veteran of 19 National Basketball Association seasons and more than a dozen playoff runs, Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford has been taught by experience the importance of a team heading into the postseason sharp and with momentum.

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