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2009 NBA Playoff Betting: Sixers vs. Magic Predictions

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic Betting Odds + Playoff Schedule

Orlando (3) vs. Philadelphia (6)

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Key to series:  Orlando needs decent play from its perimeter players to clean things out a bit for Howard. Andre Miller is a smart point guard who should outplay Rafer Alston.Philly is a few players away from being able to do serious playoff damage, but the Sixers play hard and could make things very uncomfortable for Stan Van Gundy, who never looks all that comfortable anyway.

Season Overall Record:

Orlando 59-23
Philadelphia 41-41

Season series: Orlando 3-0

Head-to-head:Sports Betting at the Sportsbook

Orlando 106, (at) Philadelphia 100
Orlando 96, (at) Philadelphia 94
(at) Orlando 98, Philadelphia 88

Playoff schedule:

Game 1 – Sun April 19 Philadelphia at Orlando 5:30PM TNT
Game 2 – Wed April 22 Philadelphia at Orlando 7:00PM NBATV
Game 3 – Fri April 24 Orlando at Philadelphia 8:00PM ESPN2
Game 4 – Sun April 26 Orlando at Philadelphia 6:30PM TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 28 Philadelphia at Orlando TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 30 Orlando at Philadelphia TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 2 Philadelphia at Orlando TBD

Playoff Gambling Trends: Philly could push the Magic a bit here. Neither team did much damage down the stretch – Philadelphia lost 6 of its last 7 and Orlando vomited the No. 2 seed with bizarre losses to New Jersey, New York, Milwaukee and Toronto. The Sixers are athletic and run the court well. Thaddeus Young and Andre Iguodala can play.

How Orlando wins: The Magic snap out of their late-season malaise. The Sixers swarm Dwight Howard in the paint but Rashard Lewis comes back from a knee injury and dominates the perimeter.

How Philadelphia wins: Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu hobble around on bad wheels, the Sixers turn the series into a track meet, steal one in Orlando and the Magic do what they do best – panic.  

Prediction: Magic in 6.

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  1. How Orlando blew an 18 point lead, at home late in the 3rd quarter to end up losing game one by 2 is hard to believe. The Magic should still win this series, but this type of sloppy play doesn’t bode well for a deep run in the playoffs.

  2. I’m still in shock over this game!