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Orlando Magic vs. Phoenix Suns - 12/26/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Phoenix Suns (8-26) at Orlando Magic (14-18)
Date & Time Wednesday December 26, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Orlando Magic -4 -- Over/Under: 208.5
TV Channel
FSAZ, FSFL
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NBA | Phoenix Suns (8-26) at Orlando Magic (14-18)
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The Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Amway Center.

The Phoenix Suns look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 104.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 113.4 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 24.8 points and seven assists while TJ Warren is averaging 18.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.3 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost seven of their last nine road games.

The Orlando Magic could use a victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 102.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 107.1 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 20.1 points and 11.8 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 2.8 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have lost each of their last five home games.

The Suns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 2 days rest and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Magic are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Pacific and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Suns are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Orlando and the road team is 11-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Magic last 7 overall. The under is 5-2 in Suns last 7 overall.

The Phoenix Suns have played their best stretch of basketball in years the last couple of weeks, which included four straight wins and tight overtime losses against the Clippers and Wizards. The Orlando Magic are shooting under 40 percent from the field and are being outscored by 12 points in their last five games. While the Suns may very well go back to being the Suns, there's no way I'm going to lay chalk with a Magic team that's been brutal, brutal the last month or so... It's been bad in Orlando. I'm taking the points and the Suns given the recent play of both teams.

Pick:
Phoenix Suns +4

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