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Milwaukee Bucks at Orlando Magic - 1/31/14

Milwaukee Bucks (8-37) at Orlando Magic (12-35)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)

The Line: Orlando Magic -6 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds


Friday night’s showdown between the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic will be a battle between two teams that are obviously tanking for the NBA draft lottery. The Bucks have won one game in the month of January, while the Magic have doubled that win total with two wins.

Who will try to lose on purpose more than the other?

Milwaukee Bucks at Orlando Magic - 1/31/14

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It’s absolutely pathetic how bad both of these teams are playing. Milwaukee is dead last in points scored per game and 25th in the NBA in rebounds. Orlando is 24th in points scored and 23rd in points allowed. And it’s not even like the games are close, as the Bucks are 15-30 against the spread this year and the Magic aren’t too far behind with a 19-28 against the spread record.

Where do you turn?

I would usually run away from a game like this but if I’m forced to pick, I’m going with the team that’s getting the points. In the earlier meeting in November, Milwaukee only lost by three points and got solid contributions from Caron Butler and O.J. Mayo. Speaking of Mayo, he’s expected to play in this game after sitting out the loss to Phoenix with the flu.

There’s really no side to feel good about heading into this game. We know both teams suck and would probably prefer to lose this game just to get a couple more Ping-Pong balls. But when both squads are pretty much even and the game could go either way, it’s always best to take the points. It’s the only thing you can feel positive about.

I’ll take Milwaukee, and hide and watch.

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