Phoenix Suns vs. Orlando Magic - 11/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (6-12) at Phoenix Suns (10-7)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm (US Airways Center)
The Line: Phoenix Suns -9.5 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, FSFL
The Phoenix Suns look to capitalize on a winnable home game with the Orlando Magic visiting on Sunday night.
The Orlando Magic are in the midst of a rebuilding year as they sit at 6-12 with a mix of reasons for concern and optimism. The Magic have lost four in a row entering this contest and are just 4-7 away from home on the year as the young team is far from consistent or reliable despite having some decent athletic pieces on the roster. Nikola Vucevic leads the league in double doubles and is averaging 18.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game from the center position. Tobias Harris is also off to a strong start averaging 18.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game; Harris missed a couple games with a calf injury but appears to be in form over the last two contests since returning. Evan Fournier is averaging 15.5 points per game at shooting guard, but the 22 year old has been cold of late while failing to eclipse 11 points over the last four games. Second year player Victor Oladipo looks to be rounding into form after missing the first nine games of the season, as he now averages 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game as one of the Magic’s more versatile players. Orlando isn’t particularly adept on either side of the ball in terms of rankings and should have their hands full against a formidable Western conference team like Phoenix.
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The Phoenix Suns are once again in the playoff hunt in the West with a record of 10-7 that includes a 5-3 mark on their home court. The Suns are coming off a split in a physically taxing home and home against the Nuggets that saw the team go 1-1 in a couple of high-scoring affairs. Five Suns players average double digits in scoring with Isaiah Thomas (15.5 ppg), Eric Bledsoe (14.7 ppg), Gerald Green (14.6 ppg), Markieff Morris (14.6 ppg), and Goran Dragic (14 ppg) showing off the depth of this Phoenix roster. The Suns lack a dominant rebounder though with Markieff Morris leading the team with 6.2 per game and Miles Plumlee chipping in 5.9 per game from the center position. The Suns are well-coached under Jeff Hornacek from an offensive perspective ranking 5th in the league while scoring 105.4 points per game, but the defense is still a work in progress with a unit that concedes 103.9 points per game. The Suns should have no problem scoring against the Magic but don’t be surprised if the Magic are able to punch right back in this contest.
The total is set on the high end at 209 for this contest but I see these teams being able to exceed it as the Suns will score well in this game but the Magic should be able to counter punch especially with the Suns coming off back-to-back games against the Nuggets who run the floor almost exclusively.