Free NBA Pick: Magic vs. Hawks Lines
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(10-15) Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks (12-12)
Date: Tuesday December 13
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Off as of 8:20PM ET Monday.
NBA Betting Total: Off
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The Hawks started 9-2 but have since fallen all the way to 12-12. They are winners of their last two though and will be looking to keep it rolling at home against a Magic team that has lost three straight.
The Magic have gotten off to an inconsistent start with mixes of strong performances and embarrassing ones and they will need a strong one to knock off Atlanta on the road.
The Magic have used a balanced scoring attack with 8 players averaging more than 8 points per game but none averaging more than 17.
This is good at time because their offense won’t become reliant on one player and stall when they’re struggling.
On the flip side though, it is useful to have that guy that can go get you a bucket when you need one or to knock down a shot to stop another team from charging back.
Evan Fournier has led the way for the Magic with 16.9 points per game with offseason addition Serge Ibaka second with 14.5.
The Magic’s main reason for their inconsistency has been their offense. In a league where 24 of the 30 teams average more than 100 points per game, it is going to be difficult to pick up wins when you average only 94.8 per game as the Magic do.
That won’t get easier Tuesday night in Atlanta against a Hawks defense that is 11th in the NBA in scoring defense and has possibly found their form from earlier in the season.
To overcome what they lack on offense, the Magic will need its defense to be at its best. The Hawks are only scoring 100.8 points per game but have several guys that can go off in a game including Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap, and Dennis Schroder.
Expect defense to continue to be the priority of the Magic as that is what they are best at and they will be patient for the offense to follow suit.
The Hawks came storming out of the game and were looking like rightful challengers to the Cavaliers at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Then everything fell apart and the Hawks lost 10 of 11 games before picking up wins in their last 2.
They needed to come back from down 20 to the Bucks on Friday to pick up the 4 point win on the road.
They haven’t played since Friday so they will be rested and likely will have spent plenty of time trying to figure out what has been going wrong.
In the poor stretch for the Hawks, they did have a bunch of tight losses with 6 of them coming by 10 points or less. But, they also lost by 44, 37, and 27 so it is clear they are not the 9-2 team we thought they were.
Schroder led the comeback on Friday and expect him to try to continue to use his energy and pace to keep Atlanta’s offense from struggling. The Magic are a good defensive team but an inside-out strategy with Millsap and Howard should allow the Hawks to take advantage of some mismatches.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-1 in Orlando’s last 8 road games
- Under is 8-3 in Orlando’s last 11 games against the Eastern Conference
- Under is 11-4 Atlanta’s last 15 games
- Under is 22-5 in the last 27 meetings between the two teams in Atlanta
- Orlando is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings
Free Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Prediction:
This game has all of the makings of a game to stay under. The Hawks are well rested and struggling some. The Magic are struggling offensively but trying to hang around. That is why I like the over.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Under Betting Total
The public will be all over the under.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Atlanta 109 – Orlando 100
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