Magic at Wizards - 1/1/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (19-13) at Washington Wizards (14-16)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -2.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, CSNB
The Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards play New Year’s Day at the Verizon Center.
The Orlando Magic look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 101.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 98.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 17.3 points and 8.7 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 14.6 points and 2.6 assists. Tobias Harris is grabbing 7.3 rebounds and Victor Oladipo is dishing four assists. The Orlando Magic are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Magic are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.9 turnovers per game. The Orlando Magic have won five of their last seven road games.
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The Washington Wizards look for a nice win after splitting their last 10 games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 101.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 104.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 19.6 points and 9.8 assists while Marcin Gortat is averaging 13.7 points and 9.5 rebounds. Otto Porter Jr. is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and Ramon Sessions is dishing 2.6 assists. The Washington Wizards are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Wizards are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.1 turnovers per game. The Washington Wizards have split their last eight home games. Nene, Gary Neal and Drew Gooden are questionable.
The Magic are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 13-4-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Wizards are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Magic are 1-7-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Washington and 5-11-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings overall.
You guys know that I've been backing the Magic pretty much all season long and it continues to pay. There's no way that's changing against a banged up Wizards team that's missing half its squad. Underdog? Yes, please.