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NBA betting line favors Magic over Nets

New Jersey NetsOrlando Magic
Dec 29, 7:00 PM | Amway Center

New Jersey Nets vs Orlando Magic Odds


Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for New Jersey when they hit take on the Magic on Thursday in pro hoops betting action.

The Magic are 1-1 so far on the season, and 1-1 ATS vs. the number. The Nets, meanwhile, are 1-1 and 1-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Orlando go 1-1 and the Nets go 0-2 on the totals.

View New Jersey vs Orlando Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup, the Magic sat as 11.5-point favorites. The total had been pegged by the oddsmakers at 181.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Magic sit at No. 4 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Nets are at No. 26 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Magic will win this game 92-77.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Orlando's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 96.5 PPG, against a Nets defense that ranks No. 12 at 95 PPG. The Magic field goal percentage has averaged 45.1% so far, more than the Nets shooters have achieved on the year, 35.7% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Nets own the league's No. 8-rated mark, allowing 84 points per game when on the road. Orlando, on the other hand, rates No. 5 in home scoring.

New Jersey lost its last outing, a 106-70 result against the Hawks on December 27. The Nets failed to cover in that game as a 4-point underdog, while the 176 combined points took the game UNDER the total. New Jersey was crushed on Tuesday, getting run out of the gym by Atlanta and falling 106-70 at Prudential Center.

The Magic were a 104-95 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Rockets. They covered the 6.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (199) made winners of OVER bettors. Orlando earned a 104-95 victory over Houston on Monday, getting 23 points from Hedo Turkoglu at Amway Center.

New Jersey Nets Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Atlanta are 1-9
After playing Atlanta are 2-8
After a loss are 1-9

Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Charlotte are 9-1
After playing Houston are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few Nets at Magic trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Jersey's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of New Jersey's last 16 games when playing Orlando
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Jersey's last 8 games when playing on the road against Orlando
New Jersey is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
Orlando is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Jersey
Orlando is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against New Jersey
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Orlando's last 7 games
Orlando is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
New Jersey at Atlanta, Friday, December 30
Orlando at Charlotte, Friday, December 30