NBA Betting Picks: Atlanta Hawks vs Orlando Magic preview, picks and prediction
In tonight’s intraconference rematch, the Atlanta Hawks (13-14) are playing the Orlando Magic (5-23) at Amway Center. Will Cole Anthony and the Magic obtain their first win versus the Hawks since Feb. 26, 2020?
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Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic news
Heading into Wednesday night’s Eastern Conference matchup, the Hawks are 12-15 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA season, whereas the Magic are 11-15-1 against the spread. This game will air live at 7 p.m. ET via Bally Sports Florida, Bally Sports Southeast and NBA League Pass. Referencing Land of Basketball’s database, based on 124 head-to-head regular season games played all-time, Atlanta is 64-60 versus Orlando. Additionally, in the past four head-to-head meetings, the hawks are a flawless 4-0 against them. On Nov. 15, 2021, the first meeting of the regular season, Atlanta won 129-111.
On another subject, in the Hawks’ 132-126 home loss versus the Rockets on Monday, guard Trae Young closed out his performance with his NBA-leading 12th consecutive game with at least 30 points scored of the 2021-22 regular season. The third year player currently has 74 career outing with a minimum of 30 points in each individual game, tying him with Stephen Curry for sixth-most since the 2018-19 season. Young is averaging 27 points, 4.1 rebounds and 9.4 assists per game this season.
Trae Young has recorded his NBA-leading 12th 30+ scoring outing of the 2021-22 season (currently with 30 points).
Young now has 74 career 30+ scoring efforts, tied with Stephen Curry for sixth-most since the 2018-19 season.
— Hawks PR (@HawksPR) December 14, 2021
Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic betting lines and odds
Point spread: Hawks -8 (-110)
Best moneyline: Hawks -330, Magic +270
Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic injury report
Hawks: PF Solomon Hill (out for the season) | SG Bogdan Bogdanovic (out indefinitely) | SF De’Andre Hunter (out indefinitely) | C Onyeka Okongwu (questionable)
Magic: SG E’Twaun Moore (out indefinitely) | SG Michael Carter-Williams (questionable) | PF Jonathan Isaac (out indefinitely) | PG Markelle Fultz (out indefinitely) | C Mo Bamba (questionable) | PG Jalen Suggs (out indefinitely)
No surprises on Hawks injury report for Wednesday in Orlando.
Bogdanovic, Hunter and Hill are out.
— Brad Rowland (@BTRowland) December 14, 2021
Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic preview
Furthermore, on Monday, in the Hawks’ 132-126 upset home loss versus the Rockets, guard Trae-Young scored a season-high 41 points in 36 minutes of action. Forward John Collins had 14 points and 7.0 rebounds in 25 minutes spent on the court as well. While the Hawks scored 38 points in the opening quarter, they were held to 25 points late in the game. Needless to say, defense was nonexistent from both teams in this matchup.
In addition to Houston out-rebounding them 45 to 40, Atlanta surrendered 50 points in the free throw lane. Plus, the Rockets scored 44 points in the fourth quarter at State Farm Arena. This was a high-scoring, expected performance all around. Including this loss, the team is now on a two-game losing streak. They are 8-6 at home, 5-8 away and 4-9 ATS on the road this season.
Regarding ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Hawks have a 63.7% chance of winning.
As for the Magic, on Sunday, in their 106-94 road loss against the Lakers, guard Cole Anthony led his team in scoring, accumulating 21 points in 35 minutes played. Forward Franz Wagner ended his performance with 20 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 39 minutes contributed. In the third quarter, the Lakers outscored the Magic 36 to 10. Los Angeles has been struggling, but Orlando is clearly much worse.
Upon further review of the box-score game statistics, the Lakers outscored the Magic 50 to 36 in the paint. The only shining light in this loss was the team’s 32-point fourth quarter effort. Though, some of those points were scored during garbage time. After another road loss, Orlando is now 3-15 away, 2-8 at home and 3-7 ATS at home this season. Their losing streak was extended to five games.
Projected starting lineup
Hawks: PG Trae Young | SG Kevin Huerter | SF Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot | PF John Collins | C Clint Capela
Magic: PG Cole Anthony | SG Gary Harris | SF Franz Wagner | PF Wendell Carter Jr. | C Mo Bamba
Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic prediction
Moreover, the total for tonight’s Eastern Conference matchup is set at 223. Referring to the spread consensus, 55% of bettors are leaning towards picking the Hawks to cover the spread at Amway Center. Concerning the point total consensus, 69% of gamblers are hoping the total will go over 223. Thus far, Atlanta is 11-7 as a favorite, 2-7 as an underdog and 4-9 ATS away, whereas Orlando is 0-0 as a favorite, 5-23 as an underdog and 3-7 ATS at home.
For significant betting trends, the Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last five performances this season. The total has also gone over in seven of Atlanta’s past 10 games. Next, Atlanta is 4-1 straight up in the team’s previous five matches versus Orlando. Not to mention, they are 2-6 SU in their last eight road contests against the Magic. To add to that, the total has gone over in four of the team’s past eight games against Southeast Division opponents.
On the other side, the total has gone over in four of the Magic’s previous six games. Also, the team is 0-5 straight up in their last five contests. Next, they are 3-17 SU in their past 20 games, and the total has gone under in Orlando’s last five games versus Eastern Conference opponents. In summary, chew over the possibility of the Hawks winning, but the Magic might cover the spread. Prior to placing a bet, check out our handicap betting guide at Basketball Insiders.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic betting pick
Pick the Hawks to win, the Magic will cover the spread and the total will go over 223. Atlanta is a eight-point favorite on the road with BetUS.
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