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Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 12/21/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia 76ers (2-23) at Orlando Magic (10-19)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Amway Center)

The Line: Orlando Magic -8.5 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds

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The Orlando Magic look to snap a three-game skid tonight when they host the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Philadelphia 76ers will be looking to snap a five-game skid after getting thumped by the Hornets by 109-91 on Friday. Tony Wroten and Robert Covington both had 19 points while Michael Carter-Williams added 14 points and 10 assists, but the Sixers were always fighting a losing battle after allowing the Hornets to pour in 37 points in the first quarter and 66 points in the first half. In fact, slow starts have been the story for the Sixers all season and it's the main reason that five of their last six losses have come by 12 points or more.

Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 12/21/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have lost five of their last six overall and are coming off a third straight loss, falling to the Jazz by 101-94 on Friday. Tobias Harris continued his breakout season with 24 points on 10 of 18 shooting, while Evan Fournier added 21 points, but the Magic were always playing catchup as the Jazz hit the lead in the second minute of the game and never relinquished it. Orlando is currently ranked 27th in the league in points allowed averaging just 93.8 points per game, which is why they're 0-8 when they allow their opponents to shoot over 50 percent from the field. Orlando is now 10-19 on the season and just 3-7 at home.

In ATS trends, the Sixers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team below .400 and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Magic are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 home games against a team with a losing road record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team below .400.

Head to head, the Sixers are 8-22 ATS in the last 30 meetings overall and just 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Orlando.

This one is pretty easy for me because the Magic really should win and win by double digits as long as they start the game with purpose and get the lead early on.

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Orlando -8.5

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