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Magic visit Heat in hoops battle

Orlando MagicMiami Heat
18-42March 01, 2014, 07:30 | AmericanAirlines Arena41-14

The Heat will be trying to slam the Magic on Saturday when the teams tip off at AmericanAirlines Arena in NBA betting action.

The Heat sit at 41-14 (28-27 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Magic are currently 18-42 (25-33-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Miami is 31-24 OU, and Orlando is 27-33 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Heat as -13.5-point Favorite on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 201, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

This game pits the Heat, currently No. 15 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Magic, who rate No. 27 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 98-88 victory for the Heat.

Orlando won its last outing, a 101-90 result against the 76ers on February 26. The Magic covered in that game as a 4-point favorite, while the 191 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Philadelphia was victimized for 21 points and 13 rebounds by Nikola Vucevic as the Magic defeated the 76ers 101-90 in NBA action on Wednesday.

Miami won its last outing, a 108-82 result against the Knicks on February 27. The Heat covered in that game as an 8.5-point favorite, while the 190 combined points took the game UNDER the total. New York was run off the court by the Heat on Thursday as Miami blasted the Knicks 108-82 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Miami's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 104.22 PPG, against a Magic defense that ranks No. 21 at 101.8 PPG. The Heat field goal percentage has averaged 50.93% so far, more than the Magic shooters have achieved on the year, 44.22% per game.

A few Magic at Heat trends to consider:
Orlando is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Orlando is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 6 games
Orlando is 1-15-1 ATS in its last 17 games on the road
Miami is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 7 games
Miami is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Orlando home to Philadelphia, Sunday, March 2nd
Miami home to Charlotte, Monday, March 3rd