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Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks - 3/17/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic
Date & Time Sunday March 17, 2019, 6:00 PM (EDT)
Amway Center
Orlando, Florida
The Line
The Line: Orlando Magic -7.5 -- Over/Under: 226.5
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The Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic meet Sunday in NBA action at the Amway Center.

The Atlanta Hawks could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 112.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 118.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting. John Collins is averaging 19.9 points and 9.8 rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 18.3 points and 7.8 assists. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Dewayne Dedmon is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have split their last six road games.

The Orlando Magic need a win here after splitting their last 12 games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 105.8 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 106.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 20.6 points and 12 rebounds while Aaron Gordon is averaging 16 points and 7.4 rebounds. Terrence Ross is the third double-digit scorer and Evan Fournier is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have won seven of their last eight home games.

The Hawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Magic are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games, 8-23 ATS in their last 31 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Orlando and 35-16 in the last 51 meetings. The over is 6-2 in Hawks last 8 overall. The under is 5-1 in Magic last 6 overall.

The Orlando Magic have rocked the Hawks in the last two meetings, but it's fair to say both teams are much different than when they last met. The Hawks have improved big time offensively and are actually winning their last five games by an average of 4.6 points. The Orlando Magic have some brutal losses these last couple of weeks and aren't playing like a team that wants to make the playoffs, as they're shooting just 43.3 percent from the field in their last five games. And despite the recent success at home, the Magic are still being outscored by 0.4 points at home on the season. The Hawks are 20-15 ATS on the road, which includes five straight covers. I have to take the points here, as the Magic aren't playing well enough to deserve this sort of chalk.

Atlanta Hawks +7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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