Magic vs. Nets - 1/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brooklyn Nets (15-16) at Orlando Magic (13-22)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +1.5 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, FSFL
The Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic play Friday night at the Amway Center.
The Brooklyn Nets have won five of their last six games and are quietly climbing up the East standings. On the season, the Nets are averaging 96.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and are allowing 98.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Joe Johnson is averaging 16.6 points and 4.8 rebounds while Brook Lopez is averaging 14.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. Deron Williams is dishing out 6.4 assists and Mirza Teletovic is shooting 40.1 percent from the field. The Brooklyn Nets are simply finding ways to win lately and have worked their way back into the playoff conversation. The Nets are as healthy as they’ve been all season and have picked up their offense as they’re averaging 99.8 points in their last five games. The Nets now have to prove they can win on the road, as they’re 7-8 SU away from home.
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The Orlando Magic continue to struggle as they’ve split their last six games. On the season, the Magic are averaging 93.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 99.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Tobias Harris is averaging 18.5 points and seven rebounds while Nikola Vucevic is averaging 18.1 points and 11.3 rebounds. Victor Oladipo is dishing out 3.1 assists and Evan Fournier is shooting 43.6 percent from the field. The Orlando Magic are playing well offensively lately, as they’re shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. However, that may not matter in this game considering the Magic are just 4-10 SU at home. If the Magic could just play the same way they do on the road, they’d be a sleeper playoff team in the East.
The Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Magic are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Nets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Until the Magic can prove they can win at home, it's tough to back them, especially against a Nets squad that's playing their best ball of the season. Take the Nets.