Previewing the Toronto Raptors series with the Orlando Magic

I didn’t like the backstabbing’ Magic Johnson abruptly quits LA Lakers

The Toronto Raptors will be without forward OG Anunoby for the duration of their first-round playoff series.

Odds provided by Bet365; for a full-set of today's sports betting odds, access them at USA TODAY Sports. 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. He's been to the mountain top, as his 2014 Finals MVP award proves.

The Raptors were in Minneapolis on Monday night, allowing coach Nick Nurse and his staff to attend Monday night's NCAA title game. "Want to win, want to play defence, want to do the right things on the floor", Leonard said.

For five previous National Basketball Association post-seasons, Lowry and teammate DeMar DeRozan shouldered the leadership load for the Toronto Raptors.

Terrence Ross scored a season-high 35 points and Aaron Gordon added 27 for Orlando, which clinched the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will face the Toronto Raptors in the first round.

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.

"I just think we're very versatile", he said. If the former Defensive Player of the Year can control and contain the All-star forward, the scoring options on an already lackluster offensive team will be limited.

Leonard won't be out there alone. That starting lineup had a combined 24 games of post-season experience.

"He can screw up a lot of things". We're all gonna have to be locked in defensively. I think everybody's mindset on this team, defensively, is on the same page. "I cried before I came here", the NBA Hall of Famer said as he fought back tears. If this were to occur, they would have finished with a record 10 games below.500 at 36-46.

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

As the Magic prepared to take off for their first playoff series in seven years, Fournier said this is not just about making the playoffs.

I think the Magic give the Raptors a bit of headache in this series.

As the Lakers move toward the future with recently acquired team member Lebron James, Johnson said has no regrets about his time with the organization. "Obviously you can do that for 82, but it's extremely hard", said Danny Green.

We're 8-4 in National Basketball Association picks in April, following the Oklahoma City Thunder's win over the Houston Rockets Tuesday.

And Nurse, who was named head coach after Dwane Casey was sacked last off-season, rarely lets his emotions get the best of him.

"I think that's the biggest key of getting to that stage". A deviation from what had failed in years past has invigorated this team and brought upon unprecedented expectations ahead of the postseason. Sometimes you have great shooting nights and sometimes you're not. The hope is that both will be fully recovered and ready to go by the start of the playoffs this weekend.

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