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Hawks vs. Magic - 12/12/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Orlando Magic (9-15) at Atlanta Hawks (15-6)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL, TSOH

The Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks square off Friday night at the Philips Arena.

The Orlando Magic have lost seven of their last 10 games and play already their fifth road contest of the month. On the season, the Magic are averaging 94.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 99.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Tobias Harris leads Orlando with 18.7 points and 7.8 rebounds while Victor Oladipo is averaging 14.9 points and 4.1 rebounds. Evan Fournier is shooting 44.2 percent from the field and Elfrid Payton is averaging five assists per game. The Orlando Magic have either won or lost by one possession in five of their last six games, clearly proving that they’re a bounce or two from winning consistently. The Magic just need a spark offensively, scoring less than 100 points in nine of their last 10 games. Nikola Vucevic remain questionable with a back injury.

Hawks vs. Magic - 12/12/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Hawks have won eight straight games and are playing their best ball of the year. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 103.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting and are allowing 98 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Jeff Teague leads Atlanta with 16.9 points and seven assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 16.6 points and 7.7 rebounds. Kyle Korver is shooting 52.9 percent from the field and Al Horford is grabbing 6.9 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have all of a sudden turned into a solid defensive team, holding opponents to 86.4 points on 42.5 percent shooting in their last five games. We know the Hawks offense can score at a high percentage, but they’re 11-1 SU this season when holding their opponent under 100 points. The Hawks are quickly becoming a well balanced team in the East.

The Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Magic are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Atlanta and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

The Magic have done a nice job of keeping games close and covering the numbers. Give me Orlando on the road and the points. 

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