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(32-24) Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic (21-38)
Date: Saturday February 25
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Hawks -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 208
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This game features the improving Hawks facing off against the struggling Magic.
The Hawks are 2-2 in their last 4, while Orlando is also 2-8 in their last 10 contests.
The Hawks have won two of the first 3 games of the series this season, and will look to finish 3-1.
The Hawks were up and down heading into the All-Star break and should turn things around as we head towards March.
Paul Millsap’s 8 point performance against the Clippers, and 5 point performance in the All Star game should be a cause for concern for Hawks fans.
He is still a very good two-way player, but if he doesn’t turn his scoring slump around it will be a long day for Atlanta. I expect him to have 18 points and 6 rebounds in this game.
Dennis Schroder will return to this game after serving a one game suspension for failing to report to the team on time after the All-Star break.
In the last meeting, a 27 point win by Atlanta, Schroder dominated the Magic backcourt for 17 points and 10 assists. He should have another huge game against them in the final meeting between these two teams.
Dwight Howard has two straight games with a double-double, and I don’t think that streak is going to end against the Magic frontcourt. Howard has put up modest double doubles against Orlando in the two Atlanta wins, and this will be another good performance.
Orlando may have turned the tide in the Eastern Conference with their trade of Serge Ibaka to the Raptors.
This trade looks like another poor management decision after giving up the young and athletic wing Oladipo, for a player who played a little more than half a season with the team.
The remaining pieces to the Magic puzzle start with center Nikola Vucevic. The underrated center was dominant against the Trailblazers in the first game back post All-Star break.
He put up 25 points and 9 rebounds against a front line lacking defensive talent. Look for Vucevic to have another good game as he will use his athleticism and mid range game to keep Dwight Howard from camping in the paint on defense.
Elfrid Payton has played poorly in the last couple of games, and his matchup against Damian Lillard was not a good one. The versatile point guard scored just 9 and had 3 assists.
He has only 10 assists combined in the last 4 games. Payton also allowed Lillard to torch him for 33 points.
If Payton has another poor defensive performance against Schroder, the Magic will struggle to stay in this one.
With Serge Ibaka out-of-town Aaron Gordon should get more minutes at the 4. The ultra athletic big man had 9 points and 9 rebounds in 30 minutes of action, and should become a good third option for Orlando as we head down the home stretch.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Hawks are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Magic are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Under is 38-15 in the last 53 meetings.
- .Hawks are 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Orlando.
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic NBA Prediction:
A double-double should be on the plate for Gordon.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Atlanta ATS
The Hawks should win this one going away.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Atlanta 116 – Orlando 109
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