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Magic face Bobcats: NBA odds preview

Orlando MagicCharlotte Bobcats
Dec 30, 7:00 PM | Time Warner Cable Arena

Orlando Magic vs Charlotte Bobcats Odds


NBA betting interest will be piqued on Friday when the Magic of Orlando hit the hard court against the Bobcats of Charlotte.

The Magic will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 2-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bobcats are 2-0 ATS. Orlando is 1-2 against the total, while Charlotte is 1-1 versus the number.

View Orlando vs Charlotte Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Magic are listed as 5.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, with the total listed at 186.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 25-rated Bobcats and the No. 4-rated Magic in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 100-94 win for the Magic on Friday.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Charlotte's No. 1-rated squad against Orlando's No. 15-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Charlotte rates No. 20 in the league with 5.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 2 with 8.7 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Magic own the league's No. 18-rated mark, allowing 97 points per game when on the road. Charlotte, on the other hand, rates No. 15 in home scoring.

The Magic were a 94-78 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Nets. They covered the 11–point spread as favorites, while the total score (172) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Magic got 22 points from Ryan Anderson as Orlando ran past New Jersey 94-78 on Thursday at Amway Center.

Last time out for Charlotte, they were a 96-95 loser as they battled the Heat at home. The Bobcats covered in the match as a 11-point underdog, while 191 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Bobcats got 21 points from Gerald Henderson, but it was Miami that prevailed in a 96-95 final on Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Toronto are 8-2
After playing New Jersey are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

Charlotte Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Miami are 5-5
After playing Miami are 6-4
After a loss are 2-8

A few Magic at Bobcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Orlando's last 5 games on the road
Orlando is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Charlotte
Orlando is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Orlando's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Charlotte's last 22 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 7 games when playing Orlando
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Charlotte's last 10 games when playing at home against Orlando

Next up:
Orlando home to Toronto, Sunday, January 1
Charlotte at Miami, Sunday, January 1