Orlando Magic vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 11/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (1-4) at Orlando Magic (3-4)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -2 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to the Amway Center to battle the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.
The Magic will be looking for a win tonight after having their three-game win streak snapped on Monday in a 112-80 blowout loss at Chicago. Aaron Gordon led the team with 15 points, Evan Fournier added 13 points and Nikola Vucevic had 11 points, but no one else finished in double figures as the Magic were blown away in the 27-11 third quarter dominated by the Bulls. Looking for a fourth straight win, you would expect more from the Magic but they just came out flat defensively and allowed 37 points in the first quarter, leaving themselves too much ground to make up. With the loss, Orlando falls to 3-4 on the season and 1-3 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Timberwolves will be looking to avoid a fourth straight loss after losing to the lowly Nets by 119-110 last night. Andrew Wiggins drained a career-best six 3-pointers en route to a career-high 36 points, Karl-Anthony Towns added 21 points while Zach LaVine chipped in with 17 points but it still wasn't enough to get past the Nets who had six players in double figures in scoring. The Wolves still have plenty of issues on the defensive end as they allowed the Nets to shoot 55.3 percent from the field, but they will take some confidence from the fact that they forced 20 turnovers. With the loss, Minnesota drops to 1-5 on the season and 0-4 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Wolves are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games against a team with a winning home record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Magic are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the Wolves are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Orlando.
The Wolves are still winless on the road this season so it's pretty hard to back them against a Magic team returning home following their biggest loss of the young season. I'm sticking with the Magic at home to get the job done against a struggling Wolves team playing on zero days rest.