Thunder at Magic - 1/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (19-20) at Orlando Magic (15-28)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +9 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOK, FSFL
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Orlando Magic square off Sunday at the Amway Center.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last eight games and begin a five-game road trip. On the season, the Thunder are averaging 99.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting and are allowing 98.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 25.6 points and 6.6 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.4 points and 7.5 assists. Reggie Jackson is dishing 4.9 assists and Serge Ibaka is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are trying their best to string some wins together to get back in the playoff race. In order to do this, the Thunder must improve their defense that’s allowing 44.5 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The Thunder have lost four straight games on the road SU.
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The Orlando Magic have all but sealed their fate with losses in seven of their last nine games. On the season, the Magic are averaging 94.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing 100.1 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 18.9 points and 11.1 rebounds while Victor Oladipo is averaging 16.1 points and 3.9 assists. Elfrid Payton is dishing 5.5 assists and Channing Frye is shooting 39.5 percent from the field. The Orlando Magic continue to compete at a high level but aren’t consistent on the offensive end. The Magic are shooting just 33 percent from deep in their last five games and have lost 14 straight when scoring less than 100 points. Tobias Harris is doubtful and Aaron Gordon is questionable for this game with injuries.
The Thunder are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Magic are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Northwest. The Thunder are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Orlando and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.
The Magic have been brutal on their home court and are really starting to show their true colors in some bad losses overall. Meanwhile, the Thunder know they have to make a strong push to make the playoffs. Take OKC by double digits.