Orlando Magic vs. Denver Nuggets - 3/22/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (26-44) at Orlando Magic (22-49)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Orlando Magic play host to the Denver Nuggets tonight at the Amway Center.
The Denver Nuggets will be looking to avoid a third straight loss after falling to the Heat by 108-91 in a rout on Friday night. Kenneth Faried had a nice game of 20 points on 10 of 15 shooting while Jusuf Nurkic and Randy Foye added 16 points each, but the Nuggets just couldn't keep pace with the in-form Heat, falling behind by 13 points at the half and always looking second best. The Nuggets have been getting nothing from their reserves lately and it was on full display in the fourth quarter as the Nuggets missed 13 of their first 14 shots from the field to finish with just 13 points as the team got blown out. With the loss, Denver drops to 26-44 on the season and 10-25 on the road where they've lost four of their last five.
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Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic were having some major troubles of their own but they'll be lifted after snapping their six-game losing streak with a 111-104 win over the Trailblazers on Friday. Elfrid Payton, Nikola Vucevic and Victor Oladipo led the team with 22 points each, but the performance of the night definitely goes to Payton who added 10 rebounds and 10 assists to round out his second straight triple-double, becoming the first rookie since 1997 to do so. With the win, Orlando jumped to 22-49 on the season and 12-22 at home.
In ATS trends, the Nuggets are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games following a loss, while the Magic are 8-1 ATS in their last nine after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game and 7-2 ATS in their last nine against the Western Conference.
Head to head, the Nuggets are 8-3-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall and a healthy 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Orlando.
You couldn't really split these two teams who have been so inconsistent lately, but the Magic looked real good in their last win and I'm expecting another win from them and another big night from Payton.