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2021 NBA Handicapping
(14-20) Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic (13-22)
Date: Wednesday, March 3rd
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando FL
NBA Moneyline Odds: Hawks -155 | Magic +135
NBA Betting Odds: Magic -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 223
Atlanta is coming off a huge win in Miami on Tuesday night, but now they have to play on the back-to-back in Orlando. The Hawks are still a -3.5 favorite even on 0 days rest which says a lot about the Magic right now.
The Magic are in shambles right now, losers of four straight games. Orlando hasn’t played any defense as of late, most recently falling 130-124 to Dallas on Monday. That’s not good with Atlanta’s upbeat pace coming to town.
The Hawks surprised Miami on Tuesday night, winning 94-80 although they were just 2 point underdogs. It did really help that Jimmy Butler wasn’t playing for the Heat, but that’s still a strong defensive showing from Atlanta.
One would think the 14 point win on Tuesday would help Atlanta preserve some resources for Wednesday’s game. That’s not really the case though, as the Hawks needed a 31-14 run in the 4th quarter in order to complete the comeback.
Trae Young led the Hawks with 32 minutes on Tuesday, which isn’t all that horrible for the short turnaround. This is also Atlanta’s last game before the all-star break so expect all hands on deck vs. the Magic.
Wednesday’s tilt could be somewhat low scoring. The betting total is up there at 223, but Atlanta has been held under 100 points the last two games, and under 109 the last three. Orlando’s defense is pretty bad right now though.
The Magic also wrap up the ‘first half’ of their schedule on Wednesday night, hoping that having the next 8 days off can help them get a little healthier. At 13-22 Orlando is the 2nd worst team in the Eastern Conference.
It’s been a rough year health wise for the Magic, and now Evan Fournier is back on the injury report with a groin ailment. With Fournier and Aaron Gordon both missing a lot of time recently, Nikola Vucevic carries the load for Orlando.
Hawks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall
Atlanta is surprisingly tough vs. the center position, ranking 14th. Vucevic is on a roll though, going for 29 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists in Monday’s loss to the Mavericks. He has 28+ points in five of the last six.
Vucevic doesn’t have much help though, and unfortunately he needs it with the way the Orlando defense has played lately. The Magic have allowed 124+ points in three straight, all which turned out to be losses.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hawks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall
- Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games
- Over is 10-3 in Hawks last 13 overall
- Magic are 7-20-1 ATS in their last 28 games as a home underdog
- Hawks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Orlando
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic NBA Prediction:
The Hawks are on the back to back, but Orlando is pretty banged up right now. That being said, this one looks to easy towards Atlanta’s side so the side should be avoided.
Atlanta has slowed the pace a bit recently, but Orlando’s defense is that bad as of late. Expect some scoring in this one, especially as both teams are eager to head to the all-star break.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Over 223
Vucevic can have a big night, the only question is if he can get some help. Fournier being able to go would be a big assist to the ‘over.’
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