Wizards at Magic - 10/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Wizards (0-1) at Orlando Magic (0-1)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +3.5 -- Over/Under: 190 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-DC, FSN-FL
The Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic play Thursday night at the Amway Center.
The Washington Wizards are coming off a Wednesday loss to the Miami Heat, a game in which they were outscored by 10 points in the second half. The Wizards have to be somewhat disappointed with the results, as they shot a solid 48 percent from the field and turned the ball over only 14 times. Drew Gooden and Marcin Gortat each scored 18 points while John Wall had 16 points and 11 assists. Paul Pierce was 6-10 from the field in his Washington debut and racked up five assists. Nene Hilario and DeJuan Blair, who missed the game due to suspension, are expected to participate in this game. The Washington Wizards played well enough to win the game in Miami, but now have to be pleased to get majority of their team back heading into this matchup.
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The Orlando Magic were crushed by the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, as they struggled from the field were sloppy with the ball. The Magic shot 38.1 percent from the field and turned the ball over 18 times. Tobias Harris led the way with 25 points, Nikola Vucevic grabbed 23 rebounds and rookie Aaron Gordon scored 11 points off the bench. The Magic held their own for much of the game but were outmaned by Anthony Davis in the paint and simply didn’t have enough offensive firepower to keep up. The Orlando Magic are a young team that’s going to need some time to become more competitive in this league. However, a combination of Gordon and Elfrid Payton has the potential to be very effective this season. Tobias Harris is questionable for this game with a knee injury.
The Wizards are 27-10 ATS in their last 37 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest. The Magic are 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Wizards are 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
It’s no secret the Washington Wizards are the better team here and now they get a couple of their key guys back in the lineup. I’ll gladly take the small chalk before the number gets bigger.