Orlando Magic (3-0) at Oklahoma City Thunder (1-0)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +4.5 -- Over/Under: 221.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Orlando Magic pay a visit to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday night.
The Orlando Magic have hit the ground running this season as they’re now aiming for a fourth straight victory after taking down the Wizards in a 120-113 road win on Sunday. Markelle Fultz led the way with 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Terrence Ross provided the spark off the bench with 26 points of his own, Evan Fournier added 19 points while Nikola Vucevic scored 15 points with eight rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Magic shot 43 percent from the field and nine of 25 from the 3-point line as they trailed by as many as 17 points in the third quarter, before flipping the game on its head in the fourth quarter where they outscored the Wizards by 43-19 to remain undefeated.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder are coming into this game looking to bounce back after last night’s 110-109 loss to the Jazz. Luguentz Dort led the team in scoring with 26 points, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 23 points with seven assists while George Hill chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Thunder shot 46 percent from the field and 15 of 38 from the 3-point line as they hung in the contest with the Jazz right till Donovon Mitchell drained the game-winning shot with just 7.0 seconds remaining to steal the game late.
Looking at the betting trends, the Magic are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 road games, 7-19-2 ATS in their last 28 games against a team with a winning record and 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games overall. The Thunder are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games playing on zero days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings overall, the Magic are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall and the Magic are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Magic have been one of the surprise teams in the league and they will be full of confidence after three straight wins. The Thunder were close to pulling off the upset last night, but now they’re on the second night of a back to back set against the red-hot Magic. This should be close, but I’m sticking with the Magic to keep their momentum going with another win and cover here.