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NBA Odds: Magic, Hornets

For all the hype the Miami Heat get, the Orlando Magic are almost as hot in basketball betting circles these days. They’ve won nine straight games and covered the spread in eight of those victories. Can they keep the momentum going at New Orleans on Wednesday night?

Bovada and Sportsbook.ag favor Dwight Howard and the visiting Magic by three points in their NBA odds, with the over/under hitting 190.5 at both books. The New Orleans Hornets are 14-5 at home this season, including 11-8 ATS. They’re the NBA’s third-best defensive team, allowing 92.2 points per game. However, offense has been a problem. Perhaps distracted by trade rumors, Chris Paul averages just 16.7 points per game – his lowest mark since his rookie year.

Will the Hornets have an answer for the awesome power of Dwight Howard? Superman averages 21.2 points and 13.1 rebounds this year. He had 26 points the last time he faced the Hornets, though the Magic lost that game. Overall, bettors will be heavily tempted to go with Orlando’s NBA odds. Not only is Howard a force, the Orlando Magic have seemingly rediscovered their team chemistry since Hedo Turkoglu arrived back in town via trade last month.

It turns out the Miami Heat versus Denver Nuggets will be a big basketball betting matchup on Thursday night after all. As of a few days ago it looked like Carmelo Anthony had booked his ticket to New Jersey but the trade is on hold. That means Sportsbook.ag, Bovada and numerous other books should get lots of action when the Heat come to town.

Miami started slowly but is now doing exactly what we expected it to do all along; absolutely steamroll the NBA. Entering Tuesday’s showdown with the L.A. Clippers, the Miami Heat had won 21 of their last 22 games. Though they were a mediocre 20-19 ATS for the year, they were 13-7 ATS on the road and had beaten three of their last four spreads overall.

With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony all playing in this game, four of the top five picks from arguably the greatest draft in league history (2003) will be in action. But Melo won’t have the same support as the other three do and his own game seems off. On January 9 against New Orleans, he had just eight points in 33 minutes.

It’s hard to justify taking Denver’s NBA odds in this game, even though the Nuggets are likely to be a slight home underdog. They’re a team in disarray, waiting for D-Day on the Melo trade. They’re also just 12-21-3 ATS through Monday’s action. Meanwhile, the Heat are enjoying one of the greatest hot streaks pro basketball has ever seen. Bettors should know what to do.