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2021 NBA Handicapping
(17-12) Miami Heat vs. Orlando Magic (5-24)
Date: Friday, December 17th
Time: 7:00 PM (ET)
Venue: Amway Center Orlando, Orlando, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Heat -154 | Magic +130 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 209
The battle of Florida is on as the Miami Heat face the Orlando Magic on Friday, December 17th for their second meeting of the season. The Heat won the initial meeting on October 25th (107-90). The teams will meet twice more — in Miami on Boxing Day and Orlando on April 10th
Both teams last played Wednesday with the Magic losing 99-111 to the Hawks while the severely shorthanded Heat played the 76ers in a 101-96 winning effort.
Last season the clubs played three times with the Heat winning two of the three contests. The Heat holds the edge in the all-time record with 71 wins in 127 matches versus the Magic.
Wednesday the Heat played the role of underdog in Philly. Already missing their top players Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo they hit the hardwood also missing their Sixth Man Tyler Herro and recent riser Caleb Martin.
One of the main reasons Kyle Lowry became a target for Pat Riley was for situations such as this match. While the bulldog point guard can score with the best, it’s his leadership, tenacity, and will that sets him apart.
Plus it likely didn’t hurt the Heat were playing in his hometown of Philly where Lowry consistently led his Raptors to wins when he was with them. His stat line wasn’t the most impressive on the team (14 points, six rebounds, five assists) but his leadership was palpable.
When Lowry was in Toronto he became known for leading bench units and improving their on/off court totals when they played with him. In Philly, he had plenty of underdogs to assist as seven of the 10 Heat players who participated were undrafted.
All five starters reached double-figures with Gabe Vincent scoring (26 points) hitting seven of his 12 deep balls. Duncan Robinson offered 21 points, PJ Tucker scored 12 points.
Dewayne Dedmon delivered a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds plus five assists and two steals.
As for Friday, Herro (quad), Omer Yurtseven (back) are questionable, Butler (tailbone is downgraded to out and Martin (health and safety) is out. Adebayo (thumb) is out 4 to 6 weeks while Markieff Morris (neck) and Victor Oladipo (knee) are out indefinitely.
The Magic may be headed back to the lottery but they aren’t just raising the white flag as they attempt to be competitive despite missing several core talents.
It makes it difficult for coach Jamahl Mosley to determine precisely what he has and what the future Magic team will be. At worst he’ll be able to decipher which of the youngsters who are playing this season fit the future core.
Rookie Franz Wagner (10 points, six rebounds, two assists, steal) and big man Wendell Carter Jr. (nine points, 15 rebounds, three assists, steal) have certainly carved out a place on that future core.
In the loss to Atlanta, reserves Mo Wagner (19) and Terrence Ross (18) led the Magic scoring while RJ Hampton chipped in 15 points.
Eight Magic players are on the injury report for Friday with Mo Bamba (ankle), Gary Harris (hamstring) and Cole Anthony (ankle) are questionable. Michael Carter-Williams (ankle) was downgraded to out.
Jalen Suggs (thumb), E’Twaun Moore (knee), Jonathan Isaacs (knee), and Markelle Fultz (knee) are all out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Heat are 7-3 in the last 10 head to head
- The Magic are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 meetings
- Over Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
- The Heat total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami’s last 5 games.
- The Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 10 of Miami’s last 15 games on the road.
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Orlando’s last 12 games.
Free Miami Heat vs. Orlando Magic NBA Prediction
Don’t assume the Heat will come in and easily win this match. Even if Butler and some of the other Heat stars return this matchup always offers competitive contests as the Florida teams compete for State bragging rights.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat -3.5
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