Heat at Magic - 2/25/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (24-31) at Orlando Magic (19-39)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +2 -- Over/Under: 193.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, FSFL
The Miami Heat and Orlando Magic square off Wednesday night at the Amway Center.
The Miami Heat look for consistency after splitting their last six games. On the season, the Heat are averaging 93.5 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 96.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 21 points and 5.2 assists while Goran Dragic is averaging 17.5 points and 5.5 assists. Luol Deng is shooting 49.1 percent from the field and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing nine rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting nearly 47 percent from the field and 44.2 percent from deep in their last five games. The Heat’s tempo has changed with Dragic on the floor and as guys get more comfortable, you can expect Miami to score more points. Now the Heat have to focus on defense, as they’ve allowed 100-plus points in three of their last four games.
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The Orlando Magic look for a season-high fourth straight victory. On the season, the Magic are averaging 95.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 101.3 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 19.8 points and 11.4 rebounds while Tobias Harris is averaging 17.1 points and 6.5 rebounds. Victor Oladipo is grabbing 4.1 rebounds and Elfrid Payton is dishing 5.8 assists. The Orlando Magic are allowing just 42.8 percent shooting in their last five games, a number that’s helped them string some wins together. The Magic have won four of their last six games when allowing less than 100 points. However, the Magic are just 9-18 SU on their home court, as they have one more win on the road.
The Heat are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The Magic are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Heat are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Orlando and 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Heat still have something to play for with a playoff spot in sight, and they're only going to improve once Dragic gets 100 percent comfortable. The Magic are talented but are very inconsistent and actually play their worse ball in front of their home fans. Take the Heat with high confidence and lay the bucket.