Orlando Magic vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 1/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (19-20) at Orlando Magic (15-28)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +9 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to the Amway Center to battle the Orlando Magic tonight.
The Oklahoma City have been anything but consistent this season, but even though they've lost three of their last five overall, they will be feeling real good after beating the Warriors by 127-115 on Friday. Kevin Durant poured in 36 points on 14 of 18 shooting, while Serge Ibaka exploded for 27 points of his own, but both were out upstaged by Russell Westbrook who had a ridiculous triple double of 17 points, 15 rebounds and 17 assists. To be fair, the Warriors were a little shorthanded because they rested Andrew Bogut and Andre Iguodala, but I doubt they would have been able to stop the Thunder who looked as good as ever. Despite the win, Oklahoma City are still under .500 with a 19-20 record, but they'll have no problem making up the ground if they continue to play like they did on Friday.
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Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic had reeled off two impressive upset wins over the Bulls and the Rockets before losing to the Grizzlies by 106-96 on Friday. Elfrid Payton had a nice game of 22 points and 12 assists while Nikola Vucevic added 18 points and nine rebounds, but when it came to the fourth quarter, the Magic just had no answer for the Grizzlies' newly acquired Jeff Green who scored 12 of his 21 in the final period. Orlando were without Tobias Harris for the fourth straight game with an ankle sprain but is expected back sooner rather than later. With the loss, Orlando drops to 15-28 overall and 5-13 at home.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 5-17-1 ATS in their last 23 road games and 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games overall, while the Magic are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a loss but just 1-4 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the Thunder are only 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Orlando and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall.
My head is telling me to take the Magic at home with the points, but I just can't get past how good the Thunder looked in their last outing. You just get the feeling that the Thunder's win over the Warriors might just be the one that gets their season rolling so I'm taking them to win this one by double digits.