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Orlando Magic vs. Miami Heat - 12/23/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami Heat (15-16) at Orlando Magic (14-17)
Date & Time Sunday December 23, 2018, 6:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Orlando Magic -3.5 -- Over/Under: 202
TV Channel
FSS, FSFL
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The Miami Heat and Orlando Magic meet Sunday in NBA action at the Amway Center.

The Miami Heat look for a fifth straight victory to get back to a .500 record. The Miami Heat are averaging 106.6 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 107.4 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Josh Richardson is averaging 18.7 points and 3.6 assists while Dwyane Wade is averaging 14.5 points and 3.7 assists. Hassan Whiteside is the third double-digit scorer and Rodney McGruder is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won four of their last six road games.

The Orlando Magic could use a victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 102.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 106.9 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 20.5 points and 12 rebounds while Aaron Gordon is averaging 15.5 points and 7.4 rebounds. Evan Fournier is the third double-digit scorer and Terrence Ross is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.4 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have lost their last four home games.

The Heat are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games playing on 0 days rest and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Magic are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Heat are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Heat last 6 overall. The under is 5-1 in Magic last 6 overall.

The Miami Heat have been a different team the last couple of weeks than they've been all year, and they're fresh off beating two quality playoff teams in an underdog role. The Orlando Magic have had the Heat's number over the years for some strange season, but simply looking at the way the teams have played lately, the Heat are the better team. Besides, laying chalk with a Magic squad that's being outscored by 12.2 points while shooting 38.8 percent from the field in their last five games, it doesn't sound ideal. I'll take the Heat and the free bucket in a game they should win outright. 

Pick:
Miami Heat +3.5

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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