Magic take on Hawks in hoops contest
Orlando Magic vs Atlanta Hawks Odds
NBA betting interest will be piqued on Saturday when the Magic of Orlando hit the hard court against the Hawks of Atlanta.
The Magic will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 33-40 ATS against the number this season, while the Hawks are 35-36-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Orlando is 40-32-1 on the totals; Atlanta is 38-34-1.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Hawks at No. 20 and the Magic at No. 26 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 98-91 result in favor of the Hawks.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Atlanta's No. 15-ranked offense, averaging 97.8 PPG, against a Magic defense that ranks No. 24 at 101.1 PPG. The Hawks field goal percentage has averaged 46.5% so far, more than the Magic shooters have achieved on the year, 45.1% per game.
Defensively, the Magic feature the league's No. 15-rated defense on the road, giving up 100.4 points per game. Atlanta, meanwhile, comes in at No. 15 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Orlando was a 97-92 winner at home against the Wizards. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (189) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Magic got a 30-point performance from Tobias Harris as Orlando handed Washington a 97-92 defeat on Friday at Amway Center.
Atlanta lost its last outing, a 118-107 result against the Celtics on March 29. The Hawks failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point underdog, while the 225 combined points took the game OVER the total. Mike Scott scored 19 points in a failed effort to lead the Hawks to victory (they lost 118-107 to Boston at TD Garden on Friday).
Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Houston are 6-4
After playing Washington are 3-7
After a win are 3-7
Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Cleveland are 7-3
After playing Boston are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4
A few Magic at Hawks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Orlando's last 5 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Orlando's last 11 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games on the road
Orlando is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Orlando
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Orlando
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing at home against Orlando
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Atlanta's last 11 games when playing Orlando
Orlando at Houston, Monday, April 1
Atlanta home to Cleveland, Monday, April 1