Orlando Magic vs. Denver Nuggets - 3/12/14
Denver Nuggets (27-35) at Orlando Magic (19-45)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets take the trip to the Amway Center tonight to battle with the Orlando Magic.
The Nuggets have lost 13 of their last 16 and have lost the first two games of their current five-game road trip after falling to the Bobcats by 105-98 on Monday. Ty Lawson led the way with 24 points, including 15 in a last-ditch rally in the fourth quarter but he needed more help from someone like Wilson Chandler who scored all of his nine points in the first quarter and then finished with three of 13 shooting for the game. Defensively, the Nuggets just didn't have the answer for Al Jefferson or Kemba Walker who combined for 50 points and it only got worse when the Bobcats went to their bench because Gary Neal made his first six shots and finished with 19 points. With the loss, Denver drops to 27-36 on the season and 11-20 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Magic have lost nine of their last 12 and will be looking to snap a three-game skid tonight after falling to the league-worst Bucks by 105-98 on Monday. Maurice Harkless led seven players in double figures with 14 points while Victor Oladipo added 12 points in his first game back from injury, but despite the Magic just couldn't pull out the victory despite leading by 18 points early in the game. Orlando's season reached new lows with this loss but this game was just another example of how big leads can cause your team to relax and think the game is already won.
In ATS trends, the Nuggets are 10-28 ATS in their last 38 games against a team with a losing record and 2-7 ATS in their last nine road games, while the Magic are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss.
Head to head, the Nuggets are 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall and 3-9-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Orlando.
The Magic are coming off a game where they blew a massive lead so I think they'll bounce back and come into this one focused and determined to get the win at home where they've played decent this season.