Orlando Magic vs. Miami Heat - 12/30/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (18-17) at Orlando Magic (12-24)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +1 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, FSFL
The Miami Heat and Orlando Magic meet Saturday in NBA action at the Amway Center.
The Miami Heat look for another victory after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 100.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 101.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 16.4 points and 4.4 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.4 points and 12.4 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Johnson is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.2 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won four of their last five road games.
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The Orlando Magic have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since November 8-10. The Orlando Magic are averaging 104.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Aaron Gordon is averaging 18.1 points and eight rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 18.1 points and three assists. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathon Simmons is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have lost five of their last seven home games.
The Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Magic are 17-37-1 ATS in their last 55 home games, 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 Saturday games and 5-16-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Heat are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Miami Heat are coming off a brutal home loss the Brooklyn Nets Friday night, but they're still the better basketball team. The Orlando Magic haven't won back-to-back games in about a month and a half and were just smoked by Miami a few days ago. I simply have zero confidence in the Orlando Magic right now. I like the Heat to get a bounce back victory in this pick em contest.