Wizards vs. Magic - 11/15/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (4-6) at Washington Wizards (6-2)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -9 -- Over/Under: 193.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, CSNB
The Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards meet Saturday night at the Verizon Center.
The Orlando Magic have won four of their last six games and playing better basketball than most expected. The Magic’s defense has kind of led the way, holding teams to 100.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting. The Orlando Magic have won three straight games when holding a team under 100 points, and they held the Bucks to 45 percent shooting in Friday’s victory. Offensively, Nikola Vucevic is averaging 18.7 points and 11.9 rebounds, while Evan Fournier is averaging 18.2 points on 51.4 percent shooting. Rookie Elfrid Payton has two points and 11 assists in his last two games, while Channing Frye is 3-11 from downtown in his last two contests. Victor Oladipo is expected to play in this game despite a facial injury. This is a nice measuring stick for the young Magic.
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The Washington Wizards have won six of their last seven games and are relying on their defense to get the job done. The Wizards are holding teams to 96.9 points on 43.8 percent shooting from the field. The Washington Wizards have won eight straight regular season games when allowing less than 100 points. Offensively, John Wall leads the way with 20 points and nine assists, and Marcin Gortat is averaging 14 points and 9.4 rebounds. Paul Pierce is 1-9 from three in his last two games and Otto Porter Jr. is shooting 50 percent from downtown this month. Nene Hilario has been upgraded to probable despite a shoulder injury. The Wizards are shooting a cool 46 percent from the field as a team.
The Magic are 8-23-2 ATS in their last 33 road games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Wizards are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Southeast. The Magic are 0-5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Washington and 2-9-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall.
Can we trust the Orlando Magic? Who knows. However, the Magic are playing decent ball lately and seem to be gaining confidence with each performance. The Wizards are a solid team but haven't been great against the number. Give me Orlando and the truckload of points.