Two Eastern Conference teams with completely different goals for the season are clashing, when the tanking Orlando Magic (21-50), looking to end yet another losing streak, are hosting the playoff bound Philadelphia 76ers (40-30), who want to extend a winning streak of their own and claim the best placement possible in the upcoming postseason. Philadelphia 76ers vs Orlando Magic Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-22-2018, 18:00 EDT
Spread: Orlando Magic +7
Magic have a 21-50 record (34-36-1 against the spread) so far this season. Orlando is the second to last team in the Eastern Conference standings. They have lost seven of their last eight matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Raptors with an 86-93 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Aaron Gordon with 18.3 ppg. Gordon adds 8.4 rebounds per game. He is followed by Evan Fournier with 17.8 ppg, while Nikola Vucevic adds 17.2 ppg and a team high 9 rebounds per game. Both Gordon and Fournier are out with injuries.
Sixers have a 40-30 record (38-30-2 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Pacers on the 4th place of the East. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Grizzlies with a 119-105 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 23.5 ppg, adding a team high 11.2 rebounds per game. He is followed by JJ Redick with 16.6 ppg, while Ben Simmons adds 16.1 ppg, 7.8 rebounds and a team high 7.9 assists per game.
Sixers have won both previous meetings against the Magic earlier this season, both at home and by an average of 15 points. Magic are 14-20 at home so far this season, while Sixers are 17-19 on the road. Sixers are better both offensively, scoring 108.2 ppg to Magic’s 104.4 and defensively, allowing 105.6 ppg to Magic’s 109.1. They also have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 46.81% to Magic’s 45.76% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.71% to Magic’s 35.86%. Sixers lead the league in rebounding, grabbing 46.7 to Magic’s 41.1 and are third-best in assists made, with 26.1 to Magic’s 23.3. Sixers are the absolute favorite against a banged up Magic squad. Vegas odds give them a -7 spread and expect them to beat those odds for the road victory.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Orlando Magic Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -7 (-112)
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