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Orlando Magic vs. Golden State Warriors - 2/28/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Golden State Warriors at Orlando Magic
Date & Time Thursday February 28, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Amway Center
Orlando, FL
The Line
The Line: Orlando +6 -- Over/Under 226
TV Channel
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The Golden State Warriors pay a visit to the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center on Thursday night.

The Golden State Warriors have been in great form as they’ve won seven of their past 10 games, but they will be looking to bounce back after falling just short against the Heat in a heartbreaking 126-125 road loss last night. Klay Thompson led the team in scoring with 36 points on 14 of 23 shooting, Kevin Durant added 19 points with five assists while Stephen Curry chipped in with 24 points and four assists. As a team, the Warriors shot 49 percent from the field and 17 of 48 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from a 24-point deficit to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, only to lose at the buzzer to a game-winner from Dwyane Wade who drained the shot off one foot. With the tough loss, Golden State fell to 43-18 overall which is currently good for the top seed in the Western Conference.

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have been quietly playing some of their best basketball of the season as they’ve won eight of their past 11 games, but they will be looking to bounce back after falling just short against the lowly Knicks in a 108-103 road loss on Tuesday. Aaron Gordon scored 26 points with seven rebounds, Nikola Vucevic added 26 points with 11 rebounds and six assists while Jonathan Isaac chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Magic shot 43 percent from the field and 11 of 32 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with a 21-6 opening run, but they just couldn’t keep it going till the end as they squandered a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter where they were outscored by 30-13. With the loss, Orlando fell to 28-34 on the season and 12-18 on the road.

Looking at the betting trends, the Warriors are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 0-5-1 ATS in their last six games playing on zero days rest and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Magic are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall.

Head to head, the road team is 8-1 ATS in the last nine meetings, the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Orlando and the Warriors are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in Orlando.

The Warriors were seconds away from pulling off their best comeback win of the season before Wade spoiled the party with time expiring, so they will be eager to bounce back with a win here, but the Magic have been playing well lately with eight wins in their last 11 games. The Warriors beat the Magic by 116-110 back on Nov 26 but they’re playing on zero days rest against an underrated Magic team who have been in form. With that being said, I’m leaning towards the Magic with the points at home.  

Orlando +6
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