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(12-25) Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets (13-23)
Date: Monday January 1, 2018
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Nets -2
NBA Betting Total: 218.5 (As of 1:50pm ET Sunday)
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The Orlando Magic will ring in the New Year as they travel to New York to play the Brooklyn Nets. Orlando broke their nine-game losing streak with a win over the Pistons. The Nets lost a close one to the Celtics on New Years Eve (108-105) and will be the wearier squad. In their previous game Brooklyn pounced on the Heat and delivered a thorough beating of 111-87.
Last season, the Magic took two of the three games and this season the squads have split their initial games. The Magic hold the all-time record having bested the Nets 62 of their 108 matches.
After starting the season with six wins and two losses the Magic have proceeded to win just six additional times while losing on 22 occasions. Orlando was always going to regress to the mean but a series of injuries to key players made the descent occur more expediently. The most recent addition to the walking wounded is Nikola Vucevic who broke his wrist and will be out at least 6 weeks. Vucevic is the Magic’s leader in copious categories – points (17.4), assists (3.3), rebounds (9.3) and steals (1.0).
Replacing Vucevic’s output will pose its own set of issues, especially for a team who don’t demonstrate prowess on either side of the court. The big man joins Terrence Ross who remains out after injuring his knee and Jonathan Isaac who continues to deal with an ankle injury.
Both Aaron Gordon (calf) and Evan Fournier (foot) are also nursing injuries, but are expected to suit up for what is considered a winnable game.
Like the Magic, the Nets are dealing with numerous injuries. Although Brooklyn attempts to play a certain style it’s difficult without Jeremy Lin (lost for season) or D’Angelo Russell (knee) being available to run the offense. The latter is expected to return in the New Year as soon as mid January.
Although the Nets will be lottery bound they are beginning to assemble some core pieces. Caris LeVert is showing progress, so placing him alongside Russell when he returns could offer a view to the future. Rondae Hollis Jefferson is a sound defensive player who has improved offensively, but his best efforts likely won’t be recognized until the Nets can place floor spacing around him ideally in the front court.
Jahlil Okafor has yet to play another game since his initial appearance at the team attempts to improve his conditioning.
NBA Betting Trends:
- In the last 10 meetings in Brooklyn the under is 7-3.
- The under is 11-3 in Brooklyn in last 14 overall.
- Orlando is 7-3 in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Magic are 4-5-1 ATS in the teams last 10 head to head meetings.
- Over Under is 5-4-16 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Prediction: Two lottery squads vie for the win
The Nets are 1-6 on the second night of back-to-back games this season. The lone win came versus the Cavaliers. The question is can Brooklyn summon the same type of effort they utilized to beat the Cavaliers against a lower tier Magic squad?
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Home court rules, take the Nets -2
Despite the 1-6 second game of back-to-backs for Brooklyn, the Magic also have a less than stellar road record of 5-15 with four of those victories occurring in the first 12 games.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Nets 110 – Magic 103
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