Orlando Magic vs. Phoenix Suns Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/24/13
Phoenix Suns (6-6) at Orlando Magic (4-8)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 6:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -1.5 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Phoenix Suns head to Orlando on Sunday to square off against the Orlando Magic.
The Orlando Magic are sitting at 4-8 this season, going 4-3 at home. The Magic have tried to rebound after last seasons’ horrible showing, and while this team is still a little ways off, there is some definite improvement with this team, especially on their home court. The Magic are struggling defensively this season, and if Orlando wants to continue to improve, their defense effort will have to get better. The Magic have dropped three in a row heading into Sunday, but that was a tough three game stretch for this team, having to face the Mavs in Orlando, and then back to back games with the Heat on Wednesday and then yesterday on the road in Miami.
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The Phoenix Suns are right at the .500 mark currently, owning a record of 6-6 on the year. The Suns aren’t playing that well on the road, and have a tough matchup here with an Orlando team that is playing back at home, and looking to get back into the win column. The Suns have a top ten defense this season, holding opponents to an average of 97.8 points per game. The Suns are just 1-2 in their last three games, with their one win in that stretch coming against the Bobcats in Charlotte on Friday, where the Suns defeated the Bobcats 98-91.
The Phoenix Suns have been one of the hot plays so far this season, as the Suns are a very profitable 9-2 against the spread on the year. The Suns are also a perfect 6-0 against the number when Phoenix is playing on the road. When the Suns are meeting up against teams with a losing record this season, Phoenix is 3-2 ATS.
The Orlando Magic are 5-6 against the spread this season, going 3-4 against the number on their home court. Orlando is 1-0 against the spread when playing against the Pacific division, and when playing in non-conference games, the Magic are 3-1 against the number.
I'm going with the Magic here. Orlando wants to get wins at home this year to try and right the wrongs from last season, and after a brutal stretch the Magic get a bit of a break here with Phoenix coming to town. Look for the Magic to take advantage and get the cover in what is basically a pick'em game.