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NBA Preview: Pacers vs. Magic (Jan. 27)

NBA Picks – Granger carries the Pacers into Orlando

The Indiana Pacers travel to Orlando to take on arguably the best team in the NBA. For sports betting fans, a team can’t really get any better than the Orlando Magic. With Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson, Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu, the Magic have stormed to a 33 and 10 record straight-up.What’s even better is their record against the BetUS Sportsbook against the spread line. They are 28-14-1 and 12 and 8 at home against the spread.

If the Indiana Pacers have any chance in this game, they’re going to have to get Danny Granger going early. Granger has quietly become a star. He’s averaging 26 points a game while also blocking close to 2 shots a game. His ability to rebound, he had six in the Pacers’ last contest, makes him a very difficult player to counter for any team. But the Pacers are only 17 and 27 straight-up. Their record against the BetUS online wagering spread at 24-19-1 is pretty good for such a lousy straight-up team.

Game-day: 1/27/2009
Tip-off: 7:00 pm est.

Here are the BetUS online sportsbook NBA betting odds in this game.

Indiana Pacers +9 -110 +380 O 214 ½ -110
Orlando Magic -9 -110 -480 U 214 ½ -110

Here are a few online wagering NBA betting trends that might help us find a good online bet in this game.

The Indiana Pacers are 4 and 1 against the spread in their last 5 games after an against the spread victory.
The Over is 10 and 3 in the Indiana Pacers last 13 games following an against the spread win. The Orlando Magic is 13 and 6 against the spread in their last 19 games at home.
The Over is 4 and 1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

As good as Danny Granger is, it would be asking too much for him to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Orlando Magic on the road. So, NBA betting fans know that the Magic most likely will win this game straight-up.

But what about against the BetUS spread? The Magic rarely fail against the spread because they are one of the top teams in the NBA. They can do things that other teams have trouble doing.

Why? When you have three front line scorers like Howard, Lewis and Turkoglu, the pressure on your guards becomes almost nil. That means that Jameer Nelson could actually run the point from a good position in this game.

I expect the Magic to build an early lead and then keep it up into the second half. Indiana has played some terrific basketball in spurts this season, but I don’t see them doing it on Tuesday night against the Magic.

Free NBA Prediction:

I’m taking the Magic in this one to win by at least 10 points. The Orlando Magic should cover as a -9 online betting favorite in this game.

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