Orlando Magic vs. Miami Heat - 2/25/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (24-31) at Orlando Magic (19-39)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +2.5 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat travel to the Amway Center to take on the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
The Miami Heat have lost five of their last eight overall but will be breathing a little sigh of relief after beating the 76ers by 119-108 on Monday. Luol Deng led the way with 29 points, Goran Dragic added 23 points and 10 assists while Dwyane Wade added 18 points as the Heat started the game slow, but clicked in the second half and ran away with the victory. With the win, Miami improved to 24-31 on the season and 10-16 at home, but their aspirations for a deep playoff run took a major hit recently once they learned that Chris Bosh would be out for the season with blood clots in his lungs.
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Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic were really struggling for a while, but they've suddenly on a three-game win streak after their 103-98 victory over the 76ers on Sunday. Nikola Vucevic dominated the paint and finished with 31 points and 14 rebounds, Victor Oladipo added 17 points and Willie Green added 16 points off the bench as the Magic snuck past the 76ers for their third straight win and four in six outings. With the win, Orlando improves to 19-39 on the season and 9-18 at home where they've won four of their last five, but they're currently six games out of the last playoff spot so it might be time to start planning for next season for Orlando.
In ATS trends, the Heat are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a win of more than 10 points, while the Magic are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five home games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the Heat are 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Orlando.
I'm leaning towards the Heat to take this one, but I'm going to wait for the line before I give out my free pick. Please check back later for my free pick once the line is released.