Oklahoma City Thunder at Orlando Magic
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 29, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Orlando +5 -- Over/Under 221.5
The Orlando Magic play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Amway Center on Tuesday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have won six of their past 11 games and they will be gunning for a sixth straight victory after taking down the red-hot Bucks in a 118-112 home win on Sunday. Paul George drained eight 3-pointers to lead the team in scoring with 36 points on 12 of 21 shooting, Jerami Grant added 16 points while Russell Westbrook racked up a triple-double of 13 points with 13 rebounds and 11 assists. As a team, the Thunder shot 46 percent from the field and 16 of 32 from the 3-point line as they escaped with the narrow win after leading by as many as 19 points late in the third quarter. With the win, Oklahoma City improved to 31-18 overall and 17-7 at home.
Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have been in a real slump lately as they’ve won six of their last seven games and they will be hoping to snap a three-game losing streak after falling to the Rockets in a 103-98 road loss on Sunday. Aaron Gordon led the team with 23 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, Nikola Vucevic added 19 points with 17 rebounds and five assists while Evan Fournier chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Magic shot just 40 percent from the field and 10 of 35 from the 3-point line as they jumped out to lead by as many as 16 points in the first quarter before the Rockets ran them down in the fourth quarter where they were outscored by 29-16 as no one could stop the Rockets’ James Harden who finished with 40 points. With the loss, Orlando fell to 20-30 overall and 8-16 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 against the Eastern Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Magic are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 2-6 ATS in their last eight against the Western Conference and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Orlando and the Thunder are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
The Thunder were going through a bit of rough patch, but they’ve really started to heat up with five wins on the trot after beating the Bucks on Sunday. The Magic have been in a bit of a rut over their last seven games and I just don’t see them turning it around against this red-hot Thunder team. This is the first meeting between these two teams this season and the Thunder are only 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings, but I think they turn it around with a win and cover behind big games from George and Westbrook.