Charlotte Bobcats at Orlando Magic - 3/28/14
Charlotte Bobcats (35-37) at Orlando Magic (20-52)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +4 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Bobcats will visit the Orlando Magic on Friday night. This is the third of four scheduled meetings this season, and the two teams split the first two matchups.
The Bobcats have won six of their last nine games, which includes a Wednesday overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets. On the season, the Bobcats average 96.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allow 97.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Center Al Jefferson is coming off of a 35-point and 15-rebound performance, while Kemba Walker is averaging seven assists and shooting 44.8 percent from beyond the arc in his last five games. The Bobcats have won four of their last five games against the Magic. The Charlotte Bobcats are 41-28-3 ATS overall and 20-13-2 ATS on the road.
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The Magic recently snapped a nine-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 95-85 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. On the season, the Magic average 96.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allow 102 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Tobias Harris continues to do a lot of the heavy lifting, as he’s shooting 48.4 percent from the field in his last five games. Still, the Magic have failed to score 100-plus points in six of their last eight games and have won only two games since February. The Orlando Magic are 30-40-2 ATS overall and 18-16 ATS at home.
The Bobcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Magic are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Bobcats are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Orlando.
Orlando has been money ATS at home over the last month or so, but the Bobcats are by far the better team in this matchup and are hoping to climb out of the seventh seed to avoid playing Miami or Indiana in the first round of the playoffs.
I’ll take the Bobcats and the small chalk.