Miami Heat vs. Orlando Magic - 3/1/14
Orlando Magic (18-42) at Miami Heat (40-14)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The new-look LeBron James and the Miami Heat go for a seventh straight win tonight when they take on the Orlando Magic.
The Heat have won nine of their last 10 games and will be going for a seventh straight win tonight after cruising past the Knicks by 108-82 on Thursday. Wearing a black mask to protect his broken nose, LeBron James put on a show with 31 points on 13 of 19 shooting, while Dwyane Wade scored an easy 23 points in just 27 minutes of play. As a team, the Heat shot a ridiculous 60.8 percent from the field and dominated the Knicks in the second half by 53-32. With the win, Miami improved to 41-14 overall which has them just two games behind the Pacers for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
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Meanwhile, the Magic have lost five of their last seven games but were able to snap a 16-game road losing streak on Wednesday by taking down the lowly 76ers by 101-90. Nikola Vucevic led six players in double figures with 21 points and 13 rebounds while Jameer Nelson added 16 points and 12 assists. Victor Oladipo added 17 points of his own in his fourth start for the Magic, but he will likely return to the bench once Arron Afflalo comes back.
In ATS trends, the Heat are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games following a win and 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Magic are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a win.
Head to head, the Magic are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings and the Under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Miami.
Once again, it's the Heat favored at home by double digits against an inferior opponent which isn't a surprise at all, given how dominant the Heat have looked recently. I wouldn't touch this game personally but it's either Heat to cover the spread or nothing at all.