Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic - 1/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (20-19) at Atlanta Hawks (24-17)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -8 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds
The Orlando Magic invade the Philips Arena to battle the Atlanta Hawks tonight.
The Magic have lost six of their last seven games and could make it three straight after losing by 106-103 in overtime to the Raptors on Thursday. Victor Oladipo led the team with 27 points, Evan Fournier added 21 points while Nikola Vucevic had 17, but when it came to overtime it was the Raptors who came out on top thanks to some hot shooting in the extra period. With the loss, Orlando falls to 20-19 on the season and 12-9 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Hawks have won three of their last five games and are coming off a dominant 114-86 rout of the Nets. Paul Millsap led the team with 21 points while Kent Bazemore and Dennis Schroder added 15 points each as the Hawks dominated the second half by 59-38 as we saw glimpses of their fluent offense we saw from last season. The Hawks still have a long way to go if they want to replicate their form from last season, but they're starting to build some momentum. With the win, Atlanta improves to 24-17 on the season and 14-7 at home.
In ATS trends, the Magic are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall, while the Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games against teams with losing road records.
Head to head, the Magic are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Atlanta.
This feels like a lot of points to be giving to the Magic here, but the Hawks are starting to look good now and these are the types of games they should be winning easily, so that's where I'm leaning.