The Toronto Raptors will be looking to gain ground in the NBA Eastern Conference standings as they prepare to kick off a busy Halloween weekend that features three games in four nights. The action gets underway on Friday when Toronto plays host to the slumping Orlando Magic as betting favourites. The Raptors then hit the road for Indiana, where they will face the Pacers for the second time this week, before returning home to entertain the New York Knicks on Monday night.
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|Raptors Point Spreads - Week 3|
|Friday October 29|
|Orlando Magic||+8 (1.91)||+8 (1.88)||+8 (1.91)||+8 (1.91)|
|Toronto Raptors||-8 (1.91)||-8 (1.92)||-8 (1.91)||-8 (1.91)|
|Saturday October 30|
|Monday November 1|
|New York Knicks|
Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors -8
The Toronto Raptors will be looking to win two in a row for the first time this season when they play host to the slumping Orlando Magic on Friday night as lofty 8-point favourites on the NBA odds at Betsafe. The Raptors are coming to a lopsided 118-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night to put the brakes on a two-game SU slide, but still, have plenty of work to do to crack the top eight in the Eastern Conference standings.
— Sportsnet 590 The FAN (@FAN590) October 28, 2021
Fred VanVleet led the way for Toronto in what was his strongest performance so far in the young NBA campaign. VanVleet led all shooters with 26 points and added 10 rebounds to tally his first double-double of the season. OG Anunoby also continued his steady improvement, draining a season-high 25 points, and was also tops on the night with four three-pointers. However, the spotlight remains firmly fixed on rookie Scottie Barnes, who extended his impressive NBA debut with 18 points and a team-high seven assists.
Selected fourth overall by Toronto in this year’s NBA Draft, Barnes has maintained an impressive development curve that has steadily lifted him among the favourites on the NBA Rookie of the year odds at Sports Interaction, where he has climbed to a short 5.92. At the time, there was no shortage of critics who called out the club for overlooking Gonzaga star Jalen Suggs, who was taken by Orlando immediately after Barnes with the No. 5 pick. While Barnes’ fast start has silenced the naysayers, all eyes will be on the two rookies as they face off for the first time on the NBA stage on Friday night.
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— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) October 28, 2021
Suggs has been one of the few bright spots for the Magic, who have stumbled out of the gate to a dismal 1-4 SU start. Orlando has been thoroughly dominated during their current two-game slide, falling to Miami and Charlotte by a combined margin of 26 points. However, Suggs has shown flashes of his vast promise early on, draining a team-high 15 points in the team’s 107-90 road loss to the Heat, and has now tallied double-digit point totals in four of five outings. However, the 20-year-old has lost ground to Barnes on the top rookie odds, dipping to a lengthy 10.70 bet after opening the campaign among the favourites.
Orlando is likely to need another big performance from their prized rookie if they are to snap out of their early-season funk. The Magic arrive in Toronto riding an 11-game SU losing streak against the Raptors and have lost by at least 10 points in each of their past six meetings, spurring the Raptors’ current 9-0 ATS when facing Orlando.
The Picks: Raptors -8 (1.91) at Betsafe; UNDER 210.0 (1.91)
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Raptors Poised to Pad Win Column in Weekend Dates with Indy, Knicks
Following Friday night’s clash at Scotiabank Arena, the Raptors will hit the road for their second meeting this week with the Indiana Pacers. Toronto faced little resistance in its 118-100 win over the Pacers as slim 1-point chalk on Wednesday, while putting the brakes on a two-game SU slide against Indiana.
The club has produced mixed results in recent visits to Gainbridge Fieldhouse, going 3-3 SU in their past six, capped by a discouraging 129-114 loss this past January. However, the Raptors should benefit from Indiana’s brutal start, which has featured outright losses in four of five outings, including defeats by double-digit margins in each of their past two contests.
The Knicks hold on and hand the Bulls their 1st loss, leaving the Jazz and Warriors as the NBA’s last remaining unbeatens.
At 4-1, the Knicks are off to their best 5-game start since 2012-13 (started 5-0). pic.twitter.com/KdQH6b3izT
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 29, 2021
The Raptors will enjoy a day off on Sunday before returning to action on Monday against the revitalized New York Knicks. After putting a halt to a stretch of seven straight losing campaigns by winning 41 games last season, the Knicks have opened their schedule on a strong 4-1 run that leaves them knotted in a four-way tie atop the Eastern Conference standings entering the weekend. That hot start has boosted New York to a respectable 21.00 dark horse bet at Betway to capture their first Eastern Conference title since 1999. The Knicks also turned things around against Toronto last season, sweeping their two-game season series, and snapping a lengthy nine-game losing streak.