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Magic at Hawks - 1/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Orlando Magic (20-19) at Atlanta Hawks (24-17)

NBA Basketball: Monday, January 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -8 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBATV, FSFL

The Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks meet Monday afternoon at the Philips Arena.

The Orlando Magic need a victory after losing six of their last seven games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 98.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 98.6 points on 44 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 17.1 points and 8.3 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 13.8 points and 2.7 assists. Tobias Harris is grabbing 7.1 rebounds and Victor Oladipo is dishing 3.9 assists. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Magic are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last 10 road games.

Magic at Hawks - 1/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Hawks look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 102.5 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 100.8 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 18.3 points and 8.6 rebounds while Al Horford is averaging 15.5 points and 7.1 rebounds. Jeff Teague is dishing 5.5 assists and Kent Bazemore is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.2 turnovers per game. The Atlanta Hawks have won five of their last six home games.

The Magic are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Monday games. The Magic are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Atlanta and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall. 

I've been backing the Magic all season long and it's paid off. Even with Orlando cooling off big time as of late, an extended rest could help this team. I'll take the points. 

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Orlando Magic +8

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