Red-hot Magic set to face Raptors in Round 1 of National Basketball Association playoffs

Magic Johnson cites Westbrook as he shockingly resigns from the Lakers

Toronto's likely starting five of Marc Gasol (59), Pascal Siakam (12), Kawhi Leonard (87), Danny Green (100) and Kyle Lowry (62) have a combined 320 games of playoff experience.

He just doesn't know it.

Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby underwent an emergency appendectomy on Thursday night, the team announced, delivering the news on the eve of the playoffs.

Odds provided by Bet365; for a full-set of today's sports betting odds, access them at USA TODAY Sports. He's been to the mountain top, as his 2014 Finals MVP award proves. "That's what I value the most, just being closer [to your goal] and every game means something to a certain point". The Magic are riding momentum from a strong late-season surge.

The four-game regular season series between the Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors was an interesting one: In the first game on November 20, the Raptors led by as many as 18 points, but a furious Magic comeback resulted in Toronto needing late-game heroics from Danny Green to escape with a win.

Hornets shooting guard Jeremy Lamb is coming off the best season of his seven-year National Basketball Association career, averaging 15.3 points per game while making four game-winning shots. I don't think that will happen, but Kawhi Playoff Mode is a different beast that the 21 year-old Isaac has not seen before in his young career.

Raptors: Toronto comes into the playoffs hoping to erase some serious demons. Boucher, the G-League Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year, was signed to a standard National Basketball Association contract on February 10. All opinions expressed by John Denton are exclusively his own and do not reflect the opinions of the Orlando Magic or their Basketball Operations staff, partners or sponsors.

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The Lakers, who have been playing without James in the lineup for weeks, lost 104-101 to Portland following Johnson' announcement. Johnson made ambivalent comments about Pelinka that led some to wonder if their relationship played a role in the decision.

Leonard won't be out there alone. But now it's only part of the package for a player who made one three-pointer in his entire rookie season in 2016-17 and now averages one per game, the easiest place to notice his improvement. Birch isn't a natural scorer, but he's a hard rim runner who can open things up for teammates like Wes Iwundu spotting up in the corners, and with Gordon with that unit, it adds in some more matchup problems for the opposition. He's been lethal this season coming off of pin downs, and has had a lot of success with running off of screens, and drawing contact with the defender who's chasing him, or someone who might step up to contest the shot. We're all gonna have to be locked in defensively.

This time around Toronto will be the heavy favourite, even though Steve Clifford has done tremendous work in his first year in Florida, lifting the Magic to eighth overall in defence (Toronto ranked fifth).

That's the same type of sentimental thinking that convinced Buss to keep her brother, Jim, and GM Mitch Kupchak in charge several years into the Lakers' decline - a grace period that Jeanie Buss says she now regrets. It was a slight improvement from last season when the team finished the year on a 35-47 record. Parsing out exactly how Leonard contributed is tricky, defensive metrics being what they are. If he's able to get his like he has for the majority of the season, and especially in the last few weeks, then the Magic's second unit will cause some problems for the Raptors.

Charlotte's gone 7-3 but 8-2 against the spread as they try to overtake the Detroit Pistons for the final playoff spot. "Honestly, I don't know what to expect".

If it can pull off even one of those moves, the Lakers will be much better positioned to contend next season.

We're 8-4 in National Basketball Association picks in April, following the Oklahoma City Thunder's win over the Houston Rockets Tuesday. "It's what's best for him". Obviously it's a big summer for us, but I believe in Kemba. Sometimes you have great shooting nights and sometimes you're not.

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