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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 28)
Orlando 2-3 (1-4 ATS) vs Atlanta 3-2 (4-1 ATS)
Thursday April 28 – 7:30PM
Recent history: Magic stomped on Atlanta 101-76
Orlando vs Atlanta Odds
Spread: Orlando -2
O/U: 178

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Orlando certainly didn’t look like a team that was going to go quietly into the night the last time out. Their best team effort of the series yielded a 25 point victory as guys like J.J. Reddick and Ryan Anderson stepped up unexpectedly.

More importantly they won it without top production from Dwight Howard who scored a measly 8 points. They didn’t really need a command performance from their star as this one was nearly wrapped up by halftime. The defensive effort was there but those 101 points are a bit misleading as the Magic did not have a very impressive game shooting the ball (just 41%).

What was impressive though was the fact that they turned the ball over just 5 times the entire game. They got the win but I am not sure they can replicate the formula on the road in another potential elimination game.

I think the Atlanta Hawks will gladly take a mulligan for game 5. They return home needing just a single win over the series’ final two games to advance to the next round to meet Chicago. Not to discount the defensive efforts of the Magic but the Hawks lost because they couldn’t the ball through the hoop (simple right?).

They also were pretty tight with the ball (just 11 TOs) but when your leading scorers (Jamal Crawford and Joe Johnson) shoot only 4 for 20 it is tough to hang in there.

Especially when neither are known for contributing much on the defensive end either.

Still I think Atlanta has shown enough in the series’ first four games to warrant backing at home in the Phillips Center in another series clincher.

I would have felt better though if they could have kept the last one a little closer.

Betting Trends:

Magic are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games.
Magic are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a S.U. win.
Magic are 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home underdog of 0.5-4.5.
Hawks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

Free Magic vs Hawks Pick: The Magic showed a lot of heart with their effort in avoiding elimination but that game was over pretty quickly. I am not sure I like them to follow up with another top performance especially if the Hawks get off to a better start at home. A close game is to be expected.

Score prediction: Atlanta 90 – Orlando 86



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