Toronto Raptors fancied to extend perfect NBA record
Daniel Coyle, American Sports Correspondent | November 6, 2015
Toronto Raptors will be gunning for a sixth straight victory of the NBA season when they visit the Orlando Magic on Friday night as 6.5-point road favourites with Coral.
The Raptors have stormed out of the gate with five SU and ATS wins, including a gutsy performance on Wednesday night, outscoring the Thunder in the fourth quarter by a 30-17 margin to grind out a 103-98 in Oklahoma City as heavy 8-point underdogs.
Toronto’s hot start has moved them atop the Eastern Conference standings, a half-game ahead of the Atlanta Hawks, and hold an early three-game lead in the Atlantic Division, which they have won in each of the past two seasons.
Can Orlando stop Dinos’ winning run?
Friday night’s Raptors v Magic matchup marks the third date in Toronto’s current four-game road swing, which ends in Miami on Sunday. The Dinos’ current win streak has moved them to 7-4 SU, 6-5 ATS, in their past 11 on the road, including seven as betting underdogs.
Orlando have opened with just one SU win in their first five contests, but have been a big winner at the sportsbooks, posting five straight ATS victories after being pegged as underdogs by 7.5 or more points on three occasions.
However, Magic will have their hands full against the Raptors, who have beaten them SU in 11 straight, 8-3 ATS, dating back to 2012. This is reflected in Orlando’s status as 21/10 match outsiders.
Warriors to crack Nuggets
Golden State Warriors join Toronto as the NBA’s only other undefeated squad, and will also be gunning for a sixth straight victory on Friday when they host the Denver Nuggets, favoured by an eye-popping 17.5 points.
Defending NBA champions Golden State, 7/2 second-favourites to retain, have been simply dominant in the early going, outscoring opponents by a combined 100 points over their first four contests. They followed that up by eking out a 112-108 over rivals Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, getting tagged with their first ATS loss after failing to cover as 7.5-point favourites.
It is a busy weekend for the Dubs, who travel to Sacramento following Friday night’s meeting with Denver to take on the Kings on Saturday night. The Warriors then return home to face the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.
Things have been tougher for the Nuggets, who have posted a pair of SU and ATS victories in their first five outings, and are coming off a disappointing 96-84 loss to the Utah Jazz on Thursday, taking the ATS loss as three-point home underdogs.
But Denver has enjoyed limited success in recent clashes with Golden State, going 3-3 SU in their last six, while covering the spread in their last two.
Nets or Lakers set to ending losing streak
In other NBA action this weekend, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers face off on Friday in a battle of winless clubs, with the Nets perched as 3.5-point home favourites.
The Nets and Lakers have combined to produce 10 SU losses so far this season, with Brooklyn tallying the lone ATS win, covering as 12-point underdogs in a 101-91 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies a week ago.
Brooklyn has won their last three against the Lakers, 2-0-1 ATS, after losing 11 straight dating back to 2008.
Also on Friday night, the 4-1 Cleveland Cavaliers take on the winless Philadelphia 76ers as massive 14.5-point favourites, and the surging Atlanta Hawks look to keep pace with Toronto when they visit the struggling New Orleans Pelicans, favoured by a slim 2.5, while the surprising Phoenix Suns host the Pistons as 4.5-point favourites.
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