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Orlando Magic vs Atlanta Hawks | Free NBA Playoffs Pick

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Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks | Free Pick (April 22)
Orlando 1-1 (0-2 ATS) vs Atlanta 1-1 (2-0 ATS)
Friday April 22 – 8:00PM
Recent history: (1-1) The teams have split their first two games in the series.
Orlando vs Atlanta Odds From Betus
Spread: Orlando -1.5
O/U: 181

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Orlando rebounded from a shoddy game 1 performance to even things up in the series with a win in game 2.

Again Dwight Howard was phenomenal with 33 points and 19 boards. He was more efficient too. Still the rest of the supporting cast didn’t do too much on the offensive end…but if you are going to hold a team in the low 80’s on defense you don’t have to.

With their two playoff ATS losses the Magic have yet to cover a game against the Hawks this season. This is definitely something to keep in mind as the series shifts to Atlanta where the Magic have lost twice already this season.

The Magic had no problems with Atlanta’s cooking last year as they swept them out of the playoffs, winning both games at Phillips Arena by double digits. Will Atlanta put up a fight this time?

After getting swept by the Magic in last year’s playoffs Atlanta made a statement by taking the first game of the series in Orlando.

Now they are in a critical game three trying to reclaim the advantage they once had on their home court. Although they have had success against the Magic at Phillips this season this is not a dominant home team (usually because the arena is nowhere close to full). They have let Dwight Howard score at will in Orlando and got a split for their troubles.

It might be time to start a different strategy as their current one is not working. I wonder if they will be smart enough to play some zone given the poor shooting of the Magic’s wing players right now.

Betting Trends:
Magic are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 playoff games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
Magic are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference.
Magic are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a S.U. win.
Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Hawks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.
Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest.

Free Magic vs Hawks Pick:

The Magic’s lack of support for Howard makes it hard to back them with confidence right now. They are already shooting poorly and a visit to Atlanta is unlikely to improve that. Atlanta will win to take the series lead.

Score prediction: Atlanta – 97 vs. Orlando – 93

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