Orlando Magic (11-23) at Miami Heat (17-16)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm (American Airlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -7 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Orlando Magic and Miami Heat meet Tuesday in NBA action at the American Airlines Arena.
The Orlando Magic could use a feel good win here to snap an eight-game losing streak. The Orlando Magic are averaging 105.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 110.9 points on 47 percent shooting. Aaron Gordon is averaging 18.3 points and eight 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 3.8 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.3 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have lost five straight road games.
The Miami Heat look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Miami Heat are averaging 100.1 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 16.4 points and 4.3 assists while Dion Waiters is averaging 14.3 points and 3.8 assists. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Johnson is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.8 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have split their last eight home games.
The Magic are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Heat are 4-16-2 ATS in their last 22 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. The Magic are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings, the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Both of these teams are banged up big time, bit the Heat are expected to get Dragic back, and there's a chance Whiteside makes his return as he's been upgraded to questionable. The Orlando Magic have made little progress in their injury report and have Gordon, Fournier, Vucevic and Isaac either questionable or out. You can't pick a team missing that many key players. Give me the Heat in a home blowout, assuming most of their team is ready to go.