Orlando Magic vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 11/19/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (5-4) at Orlando Magic (5-7)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +4.5 -- Over/Under: 202.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers kick off ther seven-game road trip with a meeting with the Orlando Magic tonight.
The Los Angeles Clippers have really struggled to find consistency so far this season. The Clippers have gone 5-4 to start the season, but have yet to beat a team with a record above .500. In LA's last outing on Monday night, Jamal Crawford scored a team-high 24 points off the bench, while Blake Griffin scored some late buckets to finish with 19, but the rest of the Clippers were completely ineffective against the Bulls who ran away with a 105-89 win to stay undefeated on the road. All losses are bad, but this one was just worse than the others because the Bulls were without Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol, but were still far and away the better team across the board.
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Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic started the season with just two wins in their first eight outings, but have since gone on to win three of their last four overall including a 107-93 win at Detroit on Monday. Nikola Vucevic led five players in double figures with his 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Tobias Harris continued his breakout season with 24 points on 10 of 17 shooting. As a team, the Magic shot a healthy 51.9 percent from the field and 13 of 26 from the three-point line and that was because they were just sharing the ball so efficiently, finishing the game with a season-high 33 assists on 41 made shots. Orlando is now 5-7 overall and 3-5 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Clippers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a loss of more than 10 points but just 2-7 ATS in their last nine road games, while the Magic are a perfect 7-0 ATS in their last seven games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a win.
Head to head, the Clippers are 2-5-1ATS in the last eight meetings in Orlando and 3-10-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings overall.
The line has yet to be released for this game, but if the Clippers are favored here by five or more points like I'm expecting, than I will defininitely be leaning towards the home team with the points in this one.
As I expected, the Clippers are favored by a few points in this one and probably will play just enough to escape with a win, but I just get the feeling that this Magic team will push them right till the last possession in this one.