Two teams sitting outside the playoff places of the Eastern Conference are clashing today, when the Orlando Magic (32-38), who are just one game away from the 8th place and want to continue on the winning ways, are hosting the Atlanta Hawks (24-46), who on the other hand want to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Date/Time: 03-17-2019, 18:00 EDT
Spread: Orlando Magic -8
Orlando Magic have a 32-38 record (36-33-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Hornets in the 9th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Cavaliers with a 120-91 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nikola Vucevic with 20.6 ppg, adding 3.9 dimes and a team high 12 boards per game. He is followed by Aaron Gordon with 16 ppg, 3.6 dimes and 7.4 boards per game.
Atlanta Hawks have a 24-46 record (35-36 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 12th place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Celtics with a 120-129 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by John Collins with 19.9 ppg, adding a team high 9.8 boards per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Trae Young with 18.4 ppg and a team high 7.8 dimes per game.
Magic have won both previous meetings against the Hawks, both on the road and by an average of 17.5 points. Magic have a 17-16 home record, while the Hawks are 11-25 on the road. Hawks are better offensively, scoring 112.8 ppg to Magic’s 105.8, while Magic are better defensively, allowing 106.5 ppg to Hawks’ 118.8. Both teams have almost identical percentages both in field goals (45.2% to 45%) and in 3-pointers (35.5% to 35.3%). Hawks are better in boards grabbed (46 to 44.9) and in dimes made (25.7 to 25.1), while Magic are better in turnovers committed (12.8 to 17.1). Magic are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -8 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home win.
Atlanta Hawks vs Orlando Magic Prediction: Orlando Magic -8 (-109)
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