Free NBA Pick: Magic vs 76ers Lines
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(0-3) Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers (0-2)
Date: Tuesday, November 1
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
NBA Moneyline Odds: Orlando -105, Philadelphia -100
NBA Betting Odds: Orlando -5
NBA Betting Total: 198.5
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The bad news for the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers is that they’ve each started their seasons winless. The good news is that at least one will walk away victorious Tuesday night.
After all, this isn’t the NFL.
Frank Vogel made a promise to the Orlando Magic faithful during a preseason open practice that this franchise was ready to make its return to the playoffs.
That promise seemed ambitious at the time, and it remains ambitions after an 0-3 start to the 2016-17 campaign.
So far this season, the Magic have dropped contests to the Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers. Two out of the three losses have been by double digits, with the only close game surprisingly coming against the Cavs.
Against Philadelphia, the hope will be that this group doesn’t overlook its opponent. That sounds silly when we’re talking about a winless team, but the Sixers have been bad for a long time now and it’d be easy to simply assume a win is on the horizon.
In order to find success against Philly, the first goal is containing Joel Embiid. He has an array of low-post moves and he’s not afraid to use them.
In fact, he may be allergic to passing based on what we’ve seen so far this season, so if you stop him, you stop the Sixers.
Embiid has looked excellent in his first two professional outings. As previously mentioned, he needs to do a better job recognizing when it’s time to pass, but he’s averaging a team-high 17 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in just 19 minutes per contest.
And yet, this team is coming off an absolute trouncing at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks, 104-72.
For Philadelphia to find success, it’s going to have to find ways to get other players involved. Jahlil Okafor, an excellent low-post scorer, has put up just 8.0 points per game.
Sergio Rodriguez has looked excellent in his return to the NBA, but he doesn’t require the defensive attention that Ben Simmons will command when he returns in January.
Against Orlando, the goal will be to get players other than Embiid involved. Orlando has a stout low-post defender in Serge Ibaka ready to lock in on Philly’s leading scorer, making it even more crucial that guys like Okafor, Dario Saric and others are pitching in.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Magic are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Magic are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest.
- 76ers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
- 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Free Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Prediction:
The 76ers have been solid against the spread dating back to last season, but that has far more to do with the fact that oddsmakers recognize how bad they are than it does their actual competency against other NBA teams.
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With oddsmakers looking at this one as one bad team versus another, there’s certainly a chance both teams are bad enough to make this one competitive.
But when it comes down to it, there’s simply more talent to go around in Orlando than there is in Philly.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Orlando 111 – Philadelphia 98
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