Orlando Magic vs. Denver Nuggets - 12/8/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (13-11) at Orlando Magic (11-15)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -2 -- Over/Under: 218.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT, FSFL
The Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic meet Friday in NBA action at the Amway Center.
The Denver Nuggets look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 10 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 107.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 107.7 points on 48.3 percent shooting. Will Barton is averaging 15.8 points and 2.9 assists while Nikola Jokic is averaging 15.5 points and 10.6 rebounds. Gary Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Jamal Murray is dishing 2.4 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 38.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have lost four straight road games.
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The Orlando Magic also need a victory after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 107.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 110.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Aaron Gordon is averaging 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 18.3 points and three assists. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathon Simmons is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last six home games.
The Nuggets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Western Conference and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Nuggets are 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Orlando, 12-5-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings and the favorite is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Denver Nuggets are banged up and continue to play like hot garbage on the road this season. In fact, the Nuggets are being outscored by 9.9 points on the road and are allowing 49.6 percent shooting on the road. Denver simply isn't a team you want to back when playing outside of the Pepsi Center. The Orlando Magic haven't been much better during this losing stretch they're on, but they are at home and are only being outscored by 1.8 points in their last five games. I'll lay the bucket here.