Orlando Magic (11-16) at Atlanta Hawks (5-19)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -2 -- Over/Under: 212.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks meet Saturday in NBA action at the Philips Arena.
The Orlando Magic could use a win here after losing 12 of their last 15 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 lost eight of their last nine road games.
The Atlanta Hawks could use a feel good victory after losing 11 of their last 14 games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 102.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 108.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Dennis Schroder is averaging 20.5 points and 6.5 assists while Taurean Prince is averaging 12.5 points and 5.1 rebounds. Marco Belinelli is the third double-digit scorer and Kent Bazemore is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost nine of their last 11 home games.
The Magic are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Hawks are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Magic are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Atlanta, the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 39-16 in the last 55 meetings.
I'm not trying to bet on either one of these teams to be completely honest, as both teams have been rough against the number and the straight up losses have been piling up. However, if forced to pick, the Hawks are at home and are catching the Magic on the end of a back to back. The Hawks are also shooting a solid 46.7 percent from the field at home, which doesn't hurt. I'd stay away from this game, but if forced to pick, I'll lay the bucket with the rested home team.