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(18-41) Orlando Magic vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (34-27)
Date: Monday, February 26
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -10
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
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Monday, February 26 finds two struggling teams looking to rebound with an inter-conference win. Both teams has been having a hard time coming about wins going 4-6 in their last 10 games. Oklahoma City will be trying to shake an embarrassing loss to Golden State, while Orlando will be trying to end a five-game skid.
Orlando got the better of Oklahoma City earlier this year beating them to a tune of 121-108 on their home court.
Oklahoma City opened up as 9.5 point favorites, while the line has remained pretty stagnant only jumping up to 10. About 64% of the public are backing Oklahoma City in this matchup.
Orlando’s season has been over for a while, so don’t expect a crazy turn around from them as they are most likely just on coast mode now to a lottery pick. Losing five in a row has got to hurt your pride so I expect we will see some offensive firepower, but don’t expect too much defense.
On the road Orlando’s offense seems to come alive at scoring points rankings 9th in PPG, while they also find their stroke ranking 10th in FG%, and 11th in 3PT%.
Their defense is another story as there isn’t much point in playing all-out defense when you are tanking. Points come easy against them ranking 27th in PPG, 27th in FG%, and they have trouble grabbing boards ranking 26th in RPG. They at least protect the perimeter somewhat ranking 12th in covering the three-point line.
Orlando is seeking to end this losing skid, but don’t expect them to come out playing stout defense. They are in the process of tanking, so extra hustle isn’t in the books which leaves this being a rough matchup against a team that does play defense.
Oklahoma City Thunder
We are still waiting on this team to get hot and take flight with all the talent they have, but maybe after getting a reality check from Golden State, we will see this team start to play with more focus and better ball distribution.
You’d think with all the talent Oklahoma City has that they’d be a little more productive on the offensive side at home. That is not so much the case as they rank 14th in PPG, 16th in FG%, 28th in 3PT%, and a mind-boggling 29th in FT%.
Offense has been slacking, but what you like to see is they are playing defense. They rank 6th in PPG and 11th in FG%, but they struggle against the three-pointer ranking 24th in 3PT%. This athletic team is also the top defensive rebounding squad in the league.
This is a tricky part of Oklahoma City’s schedule as they just played three consecutive road games going 2-1 in that span. Now they play this single home game before hitting the road again for another three games.
NBA Betting Trends:
- OKC are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Mon. games.
- OKC are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite.
- ORL are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games.
- Under is 8-2 in ORL last 10 vs. Western Conference.
- Under is 7-2 in ORL last 9 Mon. games.
- Under is 16-5 in OKC last 21 Mon. games.
Free Orlando Magic vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction: Oklahoma City’s defense is difference in this one
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Oklahoma City -10
Orlando may stick around for the most part in this game, but Oklahoma City plays defense and should own the boards against Orlando’s 26th ranked rebounding, which will assist in padding a double digit lead. Oklahoma City is a talented and prideful team that was just embarrassed by Golden State, so I expect them to play with a little fire under them, while Orlando is just looking to get by.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma City 117 – Orlando 103
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