Two teams from opposing conferences coming off multiple wins are clashing today, when the Orlando Magic (12-12), having won their last two games, are hosting the Denver Nuggets (16-7), who have won their last six and are sitting on top of the West.
Date/Time: 12-05-2018, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Orlando Magic +5
Orlando Magic have a 12-12 record (15-9 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Hornets in the 7th place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Heat with a 105-90 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nikola Vucevic with 20.9 ppg, adding 3.8 dimes and a team high 11.2 boards per game. He is followed by Aaron Gordon with 16.3 ppg and 7.5 boards per game.
Denver Nuggets have a 16-7 record (14-9 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Clippers in the first place of the West. They have six consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Raptors with a 106-113 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Gary Harris with Jamal Murray with 17.13 ppg, adding 4.3 boards and 4.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Nikola Jokic with 16.7 ppg, adding team highs both in boards with 9.7 and in dimes made with 7.5 per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Nuggets won at home with a 112-87 score. Magic have a 6-6 home record this season, while the Nuggets are 7-4 on the road. Nuggets are better both offensively, scoring 110.2 ppg to Magic’s 105.8 ppg and defensively, allowing 102.7 ppg to Magic’s 107.4. Nuggets have a better field goal percentage (46.5% to 45.4%), while Magic have a better 3-point percentage (35.5% to 34.8%). Nuggets are better both in boards grabbed (47.3 to 42.2) and in dimes made (26.8 to 26), while Magic are better in turnovers committed (12.8 to 13.8). Nuggets are the absolute favorite as they come red-hot and Magic have been playing last night as well. Vegas odds give them a -5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win.
Denver Nuggets vs Orlando Magic Prediction: Denver Nuggets -5 (-109)
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