Heat at Magic - 12/26/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (16-11) at Orlando Magic (17-12)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -4 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, FSFL
The Miami Heat and Orlando Magic square off Saturday night at the Amway Center.
The Miami Heat look for a nice road win after splitting their last 10 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 96.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 94.9 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 18.5 points and 4.4 assists while Chris Bosh is averaging 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds. Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 10.9 rebounds and Luol Deng is dishing 1.5 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.7 turnovers per game. The Miami Heat split their last eight road games. Josh McRoberts and Tyler Johnson are questionable.
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The Orlando Magic look to remain red hot after winning five of their last six games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 101 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 98.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 16.7 points and 8.7 rebounds while Tobias Harris is averaging 14.6 points and 7.3 rebounds. Elfrid Payton is dishing 6.2 assists and Victor Oladipo is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Magic are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.3 turnovers per game. The Orlando Magic have won six of their last eight home games.
The Heat are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games. The Magic are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southeast. The Heat are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Orlando.
I know I've been on the Magic all season and it's paid off and then some. However, the Heat are still the better team here and have beaten the Magic in nine of the last 10 meetings. I'll take the four free points.