Orlando Magic (1-0) at Brooklyn Nets (0-1)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -2.5 -- Over/Under: 221 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets meet Friday in NBA action at the Barclays Center.
The Orlando Magic look for a quick 2-0 start after beating the Miami Heat on Wednesday. The Orlando Magic are averaging 116 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Evan Fournier is averaging 23 points and three assists while Nikola Vucevic is averaging 19 points and 13 rebounds. Terrence Ross is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Gordon is grabbing nine rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 26.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have lost five straight road games.
The Brooklyn Nets look for their first win of the season after losing to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 131 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 140 points on 52 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 30 points and five assists while Trevor Booker is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is the third double-digit scorer and Allen Crabbe is grabbing seven rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 90.6 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 26.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have won three straight home games.
The Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games. The Nets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Magic are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.
The Brooklyn Nets have one of their more talented teams they've had in a while, so we should see a packed house for their opener in the Barclays. And if the Nets have any kind of the offensive success they had against the Pacers, they should blow the Magic out of the water. The Nets should also have a little bit of motivation to get a victory for their lost teammate in Jeremy Lin, who will be out of the year with a leg injury. I'm just not high on the Magic, especially on the road where they've struggled big time dating back to last season. I'll lay the bucket with the Nets at home.