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Hawks at Magic Betting Preview

After an embarrassing loss in Game 1 the Atlanta Hawks need to bounce back quickly tonight when they take on the Orlando Magic in Game 2.

Game 1 was such a one-sided rout that the end result was never in question. The Magic completely dominated the Hawks in a 114-71 victory as 9-point favorites at Bovada.

Coming off eight days of rest since sweeping the Charlotte Bobcats in the opening round, the Magic showed no rust and in fact the time off was a boon to Magic center Dwight Howard.

In the opening round against Charlotte Howard had trouble staying on the court due to frequent foul trouble. He finally adjusted and put his foul trouble behind him versus the Hawks and delivered a game-high 21 points to go with 12 rebounds and five blocks.

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Vince Carter added 20 points and six boards, while Jameer Nelson had 19 points in the rout. The Magic shot a cool 52% in the win and owned the glass, out-rebounding the Hawks 53-35.

For the Hawks nothing about the game was pretty, and one has to wonder if the long seven-game series versus Milwaukee has caught up with them. Atlanta only had one day off between finishing off the Bucks and facing the Magic in Game 1.

Josh Smith led the Hawks with 14 points and he was the only Hawks starter to shoot over 40% after going 7-for-14. Zaza Pachulia netted 12 points off the bench, and Joe Johnson scored 10 points.

The biggest disappointments for the Hawks in the loss were Jamal Crawford and Al Horford. Crawford couldn’t hit anything while scoring five points on 1-of-11 shooting, and Horford was no better with four points on 1-of-7.

Judging by the results from the regular season matchups between Orlando and Atlanta Game 1 shouldn’t have been a surprise. The Magic were 3-1 against Atlanta this season and in those three wins their average point differential was 22.

Overall Orlando has won seven of its last eight versus the Hawks, while also going 7-1 ATS. The Magic are a 9-point favorite in Game 2, and after the huge beatdown in Game 1 a -2500 favorite in the series.