San Antonio Spurs vs. Orlando Magic - 3/8/14
Orlando Magic (19-44) at San Antonio Spurs (45-16)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Orlando Magic take the trip to the AT&T Center tonight to battle the San Antonio Spurs.
The Magic have lost seven of their last 10 and will be looking to bounce back from an ugly 101-89 loss against the Rockets on Wednesday. Despite leading the Rockets by as many as 14 points in the first half, the Magic just couldn't keep a lid on James Harden who scored 25 of his 31 points in a dominant 60-41 second half. Arron Afflalo returned from injury to lead the team with 18 points while Nikola Vucevic added 15 points and 10 rebounds but with players like Victor Oladipo and Jameer Nelson both out injured, the Magic just didn't have the firepower to stay in the fight.
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On the other hand, the Spurs have won eight of their last nine and will be feeling as good as ever after dismantling the Heat by 111-87 on Thursday. Right from tipoff, the Spurs looked like the hungrier team and shot out of the gates to a 37-22 lead at the end of the first quarter. Predictably, the Heat would claw their way back into the game until the Spurs closed the game on a 29-13 fourth quarter to improve to 45-16, just half a game behind the Western Conference-leading Thunder. Tim Duncan led the way with 23 points, Tony Parker added 17 while Boris Diaw provided the x-factor with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists while making all five of his shot attempts.
In ATS trends, the Magic are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games following a loss and 6-18-2 ATS in their last 26 road games, while the Spurs are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a win but just 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games.
Head to head, the Magic are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in San Antonio.
The Spurs have opened as 15-point favorites in this one and while I don't like laying that many points, I still don't feel the Magic have enough to keep the score respectable against a team as hot as the Spurs.