Orlando Magic vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 4/5/14
Minnesota Timberwolves (37-37) at Orlando Magic (21-54)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +4 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves head to Orlando on Saturday night to face the Magic.
Head to head, the Timberwolves are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Orlando while the favorite is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The Magic are 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 home games, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 vs. Western Conference. The Timberwolves on the other hand are 19-9-1 ATS in their last 29 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, but just 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
If your looking at things from a betting stand point, then the Orlando Magic should be your pick here, considering they are 12-4-1 against the spread in their last 17 at home, compared to the Minnesota Timberwolves who have covered the spread in just one of their last six road games. On the flipside, the Timberwolves have done one thing well this season and that's beat up on the bad teams, which is exactly what the Magic are. In their last two games against sub .500 squads, Minny came away with 24 and 37-point victories, which were both at home by the way. The Timberwolves is also 19-9-1 ATS in their last 29 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
Orlando may have only have 21 wins coming into tonight's contest, but 17 of those have come at home and when you really look at it, they have been a better team on their home court than the Knicks, Cavs, Pistons, Celtics, Lakers and Kings amongst others. Magic have lost to straight at the Amway Center after back-to-back wins over Portland and then Charlotte in overtime.
Even though the Magic has been good at home this season, I still like Minnesota in this one. The Timberwolves are still playing hard, despite knowing they aren't going to make the playoffs. They generally take care of the lesser teams and that's exactly what the Magic are...
Dan’s Pick: Minnesota -4
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