Free NBA Pick: Magic vs Kings NBA Odds
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(17-22) Orlando Magic vs. Sacramento Kings (19-20)
Date: Monday January 7th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Kings -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 223
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The Sacramento Kings have slipped a bit with a 3-7 run over their last 10. As a result they find themselves on the outside looking in as the 10th seed in the West. Things are a logjam in that conference, but the Kings need a win before the gap between playoff and non-playoff teams starts to widen even more.
The Orlando Magic are in a very similar spot to their Monday opponents. Orlando has also went 3-7 in their last 10 and is also sitting at 10th in the Eastern Conference. Despite being near mirrors of each other, oddsmakers have set the line at Sacramento -5.5. Is that a product simply of being at home?
Orlando could very well be in a blowout spot Monday from the Golden 1 Center for a number of reasons. One, they are playing in their 5th straight road game. Not only that, Orlando played Sunday vs. the Clippers and are now in a back-to-back spot. This being their 3rd game in 4 nights sure doesn’t help the Magic cause either.
It’s hard to reiterate just how much travel is going to have a play in this one. Since December 30th the Magic have played at home vs. the Pistons and then traveled to Charlotte for a back-to-back. The Magic had a game in Chicago, then at Minnesota before flying out to the West Coast for Sunday’s 96-106 loss to the Clippers.
The Magic have one more road game before coming home to face Boston and Houston. That’s quite a gauntlet. Does Orlando look at Monday night’s contest with Sacramento as one of their few chances to get a win this week or are they simply drained?
Another disadvantage for the road weary Magic is that Sacramento is one of the faster paced teams in the NBA. The Kings are 2nd in the league in possessions per game whereas Orlando ideally prefers to slow things down, ranking 26th.
The Magic have won 3 of 6 but when they do lose it’s in a devastating fashion. Defeats since New Year’s Eve include a 23 point loss to Charlotte, falling by 17 to Minnesota, and Sunday’s 10 point loss to LAC. If the Kings can get the win, it should be by a big margin.
So what will be the Kings edge in this game? For one Sacramento is a bit more rested playing 3 games since the 1st of the year and all being at home. That being said the Kings have dropped 4 in a row, giving up 113+ points in each loss.
Luckily for Sacramento the Magic don’t score a lot of points. Orlando ranks 27th in the NBA in scoring and have been held to 103 points or less in 3 of the last 4 games. Nikola Vucevic logged 32 minutes for Orlando on Sunday and Aaron Gordon 36 so the Kings should have a huge defensive advantage here.
The Kings had a hard fought 123-127 loss to the Warriors on Saturday. They fell 113-117 to the West’s top team Denver before that and dropped a 108 to 113 game to another playoff team Portland the game prior. Those are three tough home losses – but all against quality opponents.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Magic are 1-5 ATS their last 6 road games
- Kings are 5-1 ATS their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record
- Kings are 1-5 ATS their last 6 overall
- Magic are 0-4 ATS the last 4 H2H meetings
Free Orlando Magic vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Prediction:
Monday could be the night where the excessive travel over the past week plus finally catches up to Orlando. Sacramento has played three straight top tier opponents to close losses and are ready to finally get a W. The Kings will play a fast paced game that Orlando simply cannot keep up with on a back-to-back.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Kings -5.5
Sacramento is too deep and too fresh. They get a double digit win here.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Kings 119 – Magic 105
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