Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic Game Live Stream(NBA Playoffs) Online FREE 2019. Will this postseason be a different story for the Toronto Raptors? They’ve have had their sights set on the NBA Finals for the past few seasons, but have fallen short to the point where they’ve earned a reputation for severely underachieving on the big stage. This time around they have a new coach and a whole host of new players to help change their playoff fortunes. Their first challenge of the playoffs will be the Orlando Magic, who find their way back into the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
A playoff mainstay against a roster of greenhorns might look like an obvious mismatch, but crazy things can happen in the playoffs, when game plan and matchups become even more important.
Here’s everything you need to know about this first-round matchup between the Raptors and Magic.
No. 2 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 7 Orlando Magic
How to watch Game 1
Date: Saturday, April 13
Time: 5 p.m. ET
Location: Scotiabank Arena — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
TV channel: ESPN
Live stats: GameTracker
Online streaming: WatchESPN
Odds: Raptors -8.5
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Playoff series schedule
All times Eastern
Game 1: Magic at Raptors, Saturday, April 13, 5 p.m. — TV: ESPN
Game 2: Magic at Raptors, Tuesday, April 16, 8 p.m. — TV: TNT
Game 3: Raptors at Magic, Friday, April 19, 7 p.m. — TV: ESPN
Game 4: Raptors at Magic, Sunday, April 21, 7 p.m. — TV: TNT
Game 5*: Magic at Raptors, Tuesday, April 23, TBD — TV: TBD
Game 6*: Raptors at Magic, Thursday, April 25, TBD — TV: TBD
Game 7*: Magic at Raptors, Saturday, April 27, TBD — TV: TBD
Odds and Analysis
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Raptors: Toronto comes into the playoffs hoping to erase some serious demons. They’ve been eliminated by LeBron James-led Cavaliers teams in each of the pas three seasons, and obviously won’t have to deal with him this time around, but are still looking to prove they’re capable of making the NBA Finals. First-year head coach Nick Nurse has thrived since taking over for Dwane Casey, and new additions Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Marc Gasol have been welcome additions, bolstered by the massive improvement of Pascal Siakam. This is a Toronto team out for blood, but a first-round scare could give them flashbacks and severely damage their confidence.
Magic: You hate to use the term “playing with house money,” but it really applies here. Not many forecast the Magic to make the playoffs, and now that they have, pretty much nobody is giving them a chance against a loaded and experienced Raptors team. But that’s when upsets happen, when teams play with nothing to lose. Nikola Vucevic has been outstanding all season, and Aaron Gordon could be poised for a playoff breakout. It’s time to roll the ball out and see what happens.
Matchups to watch
1. Pascal Siakam vs. Aaron Gordon: Gordon, an emerging star, will likely be guarded by (among others) Siakam, who’s evolved into one of the most versatile defenders in the NBA. Gordon is a tough matchup for bigs because of his ability to play on the perimeter, and a tough matchup for wings because of his strength in the post — Siakam can handle both, which could make things difficult for Gordon in his first playoff appearance.
2. Bench units: This isn’t to be flip, but the Raptors bench could give the Magic starters a run for their money. Led by Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby and Serge Ibaka, Toronto’s depth has been one of its strong suits for several seasons now. Contrast that with the Magic, who have limited bench help outside of former Raptor Terrence Ross, and there could be some ugly minutes while Steve Clifford tries to get his starters some much-needed rest.
3. Kyle Lowry vs. His injuries: Toronto has rested Lowry quite a bit this season, but he has some nagging ailments that just won’t seem to go away. The Raptors will probably be alright without him given the depth mentioned above, but they’ll need Lowry during crunch time if the games end up close.
Series prediction, pick
Raptors in four: It’d be nice to think the Magic will be able to get at least a game in their playoff return, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards. Toronto has the advantage in pretty much every aspect, so it’ll take some monster games from Vucevic and Gordon, plus hot shooting from Ross, DJ Augustin and Evan Fournier to even have a chance. There could be some close games, but ultimately this ends in a Toronto sweep.
The Toronto Raptors have reached the Eastern Conference semifinals in each of the past three seasons and begin pursuit of another appearance on Saturday when they open the first-round series against the visiting Orlando Magic. Toronto harbors hopes of reaching the NBA Finals this time around behind All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard.
The second-seeded Raptors no longer have LeBron James – and the Cleveland Cavaliers – halting their NBA Finals’ bids and this could be a one-and-only chance with Leonard, who could be one of the most coveted free agents this July. “What we’ve been talking about all year — being able to get to the Finals and win,” Leonard told teammate Serge Ibaka in a YouTube appearance on Thursday of the focus. “That’s always my mindset coming into the season, that’s always a goal of mine.” While Toronto reached 50 wins for the fourth consecutive season, Orlando halted a six-season playoff drought by putting together an 11-2 finishing kick to earn the No. 7 seed. “I think we can win, too, and we all do,” Magic coach Steve Clifford told reporters, well aware the Raptors are huge favorites. “Look, no matter what, our guys have done a good job, but the NBA is about winning in the playoffs. We have size, we have intelligence and we’re playing good basketball right now.”
TV: 5 p.m. ET, ESPN, FS Florida (Orlando), Sportsnet One (Toronto)
When: 5:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 13, 2019
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
ABOUT THE MAGIC (42-40): Reserve swingman Terrence Ross averaged 27.3 points over the past four games – including a season-high 35 in the regular-season finale against the Charlotte Hornets – and drained 22 3-pointers during the stretch. Ross made 217 3-pointers to become the first player to top 200 in a season without starting a game in NBA history and is thriving in Orlando after spending the first 4 1/2 seasons of his seven-year career with the Raptors. “My role is night and day different than when I was in Toronto,” Ross, who averaged a career-best 15.1 points, told reporters. “I’ve stepped into a new role here and I’m embracing it.”
ABOUT THE RAPTORS (58-24): Leonard averaged 26.6 points while playing in 60 games, fewer than he was anticipating after playing in just nine for the San Antonio Spurs last season before being dealt to Toronto. “We did a great job of just attacking the problem in the beginning, during training camp, laying out the schedule, and I feel good,” Leonard told reporters. “I wasn’t as healthy as I wanted to be this year, but I couldn’t say I would have this type of season in the beginning of the year, you know, the way things have started and how I felt.” The Raptors finished the season strong by winning seven of their last eight games, including a 121-109 home win over Orlando on April 1.
1. The Magic split four regular-season meetings with the Raptors after losing 17 of the previous 21 matchups.
2. Toronto is just 2-13 in Game 1s in its playoff history.
3. Orlando All-Star C Nikola Vucevic (stomach illness) is expected to be fine after missing the regular-season finale on Wednesday.
PREDICTION: Raptors 108, Magic 102