Magic vs. Heat - 4/8/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (45-32) at Orlando Magic (33-45)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, FSFL
The Miami Heat and Orlando Magic square off early Friday night at the Amway Center.
The Miami Heat look for another win after winning 12 of their last 18 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 99.6 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 98.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 19.2 points and 4.2 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.1 points and 11.8 rebounds. Goran Dragic is dishing 5.9 assists and Joe Johnson is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have lost five of their last eight road games.
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The Orlando Magic could use a win after losing 12 of their last 18 games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 101.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 18 points and 8.9 rebounds while Victor Oladipo is averaging 16.1 points and four assists. Evan Fournier is dishing 2.6 assists and Aaron Gordon is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Magic are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have won five of their last eight road games.
The Heat are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Magic are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Southeast. The Heat are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Orlando and 8-3-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall.
Not sure why the Heat are the slight underdog, but I'm not asking questions. Miami is head and shoulders the better team here and is still playing for a top-three seed in the East. Give me Miami.