Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 2/22/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia 76ers (12-42) at Orlando Magic (18-39)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers invade the Amway Center tonight looking to take down the Orlando Magic.
The Phildalphia 76ers took even further steps to rebuilding for the future and will be looking to test their new lineup tonight. Unfortunately, the 76ers are coming off yet another double digit loss, falling to the Pacers by 106-95 on Friday despite having five players in double figures in scoring. Luc Richard and Jerami Grant led the way with 16 points each while Tim Frazier added 13, but it was never going to be enough as the Sixers fell behind by double digits early on and never really looked competitive. With the loss, Philadelphia dropped to 12-42 on the season and 7-20 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have kicked off the second half of the season with a nice 95-84 win over the Pelicans thanks to their improved defensive mindset. Victor Oladipo led the scoring with 22 points, Nikola Vucevic added 18 points and Evan Fournier had 16 as the Magic rallied to beat the Pelicans thanks to a dominant 52-37 second half. The Magic were clearly locked in defensively and much of the credit should go to interim coach James Borrego who is making defense the team's number one priority. With the win, Orlando improves to 18-39 on the season and 8-18 at home.
In ATS trends, the 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall, while the Magic are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the 76ers are 5-18 ATS in the last 23 meetings overall and 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Orlando.
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