Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic - 11/9/13
Orlando Magic (3-2) at Atlanta Hawks (2-3)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -6 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks return home to face the improving Orlando Magic in Saturday night NBA action.
Head to head, the Magic are 3-14 ATS in the last 17 meetings and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Atlanta while the road team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 13-4 ATS in the last 17 meetings. The Hawks are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games, 4-12 ATS in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The Magic on the other hand are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall, but just 17-35 ATS in their last 52 vs. NBA Southeast.
Never really known as an offensive juggernaut, the Atlanta Hawks come into tonight's game averaging a league-high 105.2 points per game under first-year head coach Mike Budenholzer. In fact, the Hawks have yet to score under 100 points in any of there five games this season, in which they have a 2-3 record, with four of those games coming on the road. For as good as Atlanta has been on the offensive end, the same can't be said for the other side of the court as they are also giving up an average of 105.4 points and are only 23rd in the league in rebounding, pulling in just a shade over 40 boards per game.
Although the Orlando Magic are coming off a loss on Friday night, they have been a plesant surprise to start to the season. The Magic had a chance to go 4-0 on their recent homestand until they fell to the Boston Celtics 91-89 in a nail-bitter last night. In their previous three home games, Orlando looked surprisingly dominante against New Orleans, Brooklyn and the Los Angeles Clippers, winning all three by an average of 16.3 points while shooting 50.2 percent. The Magic has been espeically dominate on the boards so far this season as they are the No. 1 ranked team in that category, grabbing nearly 50 rebounds per game.
You wouldn't really know it by looking at their roster, but the Hawks have become an all offense and no defense team under Budenholzer and as a result, the over is a perfect 5-0 on the season and the average points scored in those games have been 210.6. The Magic struggled last night against Boston, but they have shown they can put the ball in the basket as their first three games of the season all went over 107 points. This could be the game where the Hawks struggle as they are coming back from a three-game road trip, but I'm going to take my chances with the over....
Dan's Pick: Over 201
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