Utah Jazz vs. Orlando Magic - 3/22/14
Orlando Magic (19-50) at Utah Jazz (22-47)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -5 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds
The Orlando Magic make the trip to the EnergySolutions Arena tonight to battle with the Utah Jazz.
The Magic will be desperate to snap out of their seven-game losing skid tonight after getting thumped by the Suns on Wednesday. Tobias Harris led the scoring with 23 points while Arron Afflalo added 20 points on six of 10 shooting, but the Magic simply got run over by the Suns in a 57-41 second half rout. In fact, the Magic were leading by 75-74 late in the third quarter until the Suns exploded on a 27-5 run thanks to a ridiculous barrage of three pointers. With the loss, Orlando fall to 19-50 overall and a league-worst 4-32 on the road.
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The Jazz haven't exactly been world-beaters themselves. They've lost 11 of their last 12 and come into this one off a sixth straight loss after their 96-86 defeat at Memphis on Wednesday. Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks all had 16 points each, but even though the Jazz poured on 54 points in the second half, there was just no recovering from a 48-32 first half. The biggest disparity between the teams was in the free throws as the Grizzlies shot a healthy 22 of 25 from the stripe, while the Jazz made just five of 10. Clearly, Utah were too reliant on their long range shooting which only spells trouble as they rank near the bottom in the league in three point shooting.
In ATS trends, the Magic are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss of more than 10 points and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Jazz are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the Magic are 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Utah.
I really wouldn't put my hard-earned money on either of these teams, because it would feel like I'm betting on which team is less terrible. However, I can't ignore how bad the Magic have been on the road all season, so I'm taking the Jazz here.