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Heat underdogs vs Magic

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Heat travelling to Orlando Thursday to face the Magic on Thursday.

The Magic are 31-18 so far on the season, and 20-27-2 ATS vs. the number. The Heat, meanwhile, are 34-14 and 22-25-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Orlando go 22-25-2 and the Heat go 25-22-1 on the totals.

View Miami vs Orlando Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oddsmakers opened the Magic as 2.5-point favorites in this matchup, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting at 197.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 5-rated Magic and the No. 1-ranked Heat, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 105-103 result in favor of the Heat.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Orlando's No. 11-ranked offense (100.3 PPG) against a Heat defense that ranks No. 5 at 93.9 PPG. The Magic have averaged 46.5% from the field per game, less than the Heat have managed so far this season (47.1% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Heat own the league's No. 4-rated mark, allowing 94.8 points per game when on the road. Orlando, on the other hand, rates No. 13 in home scoring.

Miami won its last outing, a 117-90 result against the Cavaliers on January 31. The Heat covered in that game as a 17.5-point favorite, while the 207 combined points took the game OVER the total. Miami cruised to victory on Monday, running Cleveland out of the gym and running up a 117-90 score at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Orlando lost its last outing, a 100-97 result against the Grizzlies on January 31. The Magic failed to cover in that game as a 1.5-point favorite, while the 197 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Dwight Howard scored 25 points and added 14 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 100-97 against Memphis in NBA action at FedExForum.

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Charlotte are 6-4
After playing Cleveland are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Washington are 8-2
After playing Memphis are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Heat at Magic trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games on the road
Miami is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Miami is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Miami's last 12 games
Orlando is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
Orlando is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Orlando's last 7 games at home
Orlando is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games when playing Miami

Next up:
Miami at Charlotte, Friday, February 4
Orlando at Washington, Friday, February 4