In this multi-conference battle between two teams coming off opposite outcomes in their latest matchups, the Oklahoma City Thunder (33-19), who saw a big winning streak coming to an end and are looking to bounce back, are hosting the Orlando Magic (22-31), who want to extend their current small winning streak.
Date/Time: 02-05-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder -9.5
Oklahoma City Thunder have a 33-19 record (29-23 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the West. In their last game they saw a seven-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Celtics with a 129-134 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Paul George with 27.8 ppg, adding 7.9 boards and 4 dimes per game. He is followed by Russell Westbrook with 21.5 ppg, adding team highs both in boards grabbed with 10.9 and in dimes made with 11 per game.
Orlando Magic have a 22-31 record (27-25-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Wizards in the 10th place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Nets with a 102-89 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nikola Vucevic with 20.7 ppg, adding 3.8 dimes and a team high 12 boards per game. He is followed by Aaron Gordon with 15.8 ppg, 3.4 dimes and 7.5 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Thunder won on the road with a 117-126 score. Thunder have a 17-7 home record, while the Magic are 8-16 on the road. Thunder are better offensively, scoring 114.8 ppg to Magic’s 104.3, while Magic are better defensively, allowing 107.4 ppg to Thunder’s 109.8. Thunder have a better field goal percentage (46.1% to 44.6%), while both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (35% to 34.9%). Thunder are better in boards grabbed (48 to 43.8), while Magic are better both in dimes made (24.5 to 23.3) and in turnovers committed (13 to 13.8). Thunder are the absolute favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -9.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home victory.
Orlando Magic vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder -9.5 (-109)
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