Miami Heat (0-0) at Orlando Magic (0-0)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +3.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Miami Heat and Orlando Magic meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Amway Center.
The Miami Heat are coming off an improbable finals run where they were two victories away from winning the title. And outside of losing Derrick Jones Jr. and Jae Crowder, the Heat are the same team they were a couple months ago. In fact, you can argue the additions of Moe Harkless and Avery Bradley make the Heat even better. Goran Dragic is healthy after the injury in the Finals, and Jimmy Butler should be rested after taking it easy in the preseason. The growth of Tyler Herro and the return to form Kendrick Nunn will go a long way for the Heat this season. Guys like KZ Okpala and Precious Achiuwa also likely played their way into the rotation after strong showings in the preseason. The Heat have the depth and now the confidence to make another run at an Eastern Conference crown.
The Orlando Magic are coming off a five-game playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks and return pretty much the exact same team from a few months ago. Markelle Fultz and his new contract will continue to lead the way at point guard, while Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucervic will do most of the heavy lifting scoring wise. A healthy Aaron Gordon, who didn’t play in the playoff series due to a left hamstring injury, will certainly go a long way and improve the Magics chances of a successful season. Overall, the Magic are pretty much the same team they were a season ago, so however you felt about this club shouldn’t change much.
The Heat are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The over is 9-1 in Heat last 10 Wednesday games. The over is 22-6-1 in Magic last 29 overall. The over is 13-6-1 in the last 20 meetings in Orlando.
The Orlando Magic have a history of beating the Heat, but they have lost each of the last three meetings. I also see the Heat turning the corner of losing to subpar teams after their final run, as that gives everybody on the roster confidence of what they're capable of. With the better roster and depth on their side, the Heat cover the reasonable number.