Magic visit Bobcats in hoops battle
Orlando Magic vs Charlotte Bobcats Odds
The Bobcats hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Saturday as the Magic pay a visit to Time Warner Cable Arena in NBA betting action.
Charlotte battles the Magic, currently with a 9-13 mark (12-10 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 12-9-1 for the Bobcats and 7-14-1 for the Magic. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Bobcats as 2-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 194, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Bobcats, currently No. 29 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Magic, who rate No. 19 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 94-89 victory for the Magic.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Charlotte's No. 18-rated squad against Orlando's No. 9-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Charlotte rates No. 19 in the league with 6.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 28 with 5.5 per outing.
Defensively, the Magic feature the league's No. 5-rated defense on the road, giving up 92.7 points per game. Charlotte, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 in the league in scoring at home.
The Magic were a 99-85 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Warriors. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (184) made winners of UNDER bettors. Orlando got 16 points from J.J. Redick en route to a 99-85 victory over Golden State on Friday at Amway Center.
Last time out for Charlotte, they were a 113-90 loser as they battled the Hawks on the road. The Bobcats failed to cover in the match as a 10-point underdog, while 203 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Charlotte was crushed on Thursday, getting run out of the gym by Atlanta and falling 113-90 at Philips Arena.
Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Golden State are 8-2
After a win are 3-7
Charlotte Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing LA Lakers are 2-8
After playing Atlanta are 4-6
After a loss are 1-9
A few Magic at Bobcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Orlando's last 5 games
Orlando is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing Charlotte
Orlando is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Orlando's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Charlotte's last 12 games when playing at home against Orlando
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Charlotte's last 8 games when playing Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Charlotte's last 9 games at home
Charlotte is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Orlando home to Minnesota, Monday, December 17
Charlotte at LA Lakers, Tuesday, December 18