Orlando Magic at Philadelphia 76ers Pick
The Philadelphia 76ers (40-23) will lock horns with the Orlando Magic (30-35) at the Wells Fargo Center for an Eastern Conference clash. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM and scheduled to be televised on FSN. The Sixers once held a four-game winning streak against the Magic but that all changed when the two teams last met in November. As a six-point home underdog, the Magic orchestrated a 111-106 upset of the 76ers in Orlando.
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Orlando Magic at Philadelphia 76ers Betting Overview
The Magic come into this contest on the heels of a terrible road loss as they were defeated 107-93 by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Orlando was the victim of an outright upset as they closed as a six-point underdog.
The 76ers come into this contest on the heels of a heart-breaking loss at home on Saturday when they hosted the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors defeated the Sixers by virtue of a basket in a 120-117 thriller. Despite the loss, the 76ers produced a cover as a five-point underdog.
Reasons To Avoid Orlando
Orlando can find itself easily getting bullied on the boards here as they average 44.6 total rebounds per game (20th in the NBA) while giving away an 18th ranked 45.1 total rebounds per contest. On the flip side, Philadelphia accrues a fifth-ranked 46.9 total rebounds per game while also remaining in the top-five in the NBA in total rebounds against (opponents average 43.3 total rebounds per match against the Sixers). These advantages create very daunting prospects for the Magic given their pedestrian offense by comparison to Philadelphia's explosive offensive operation.
Reasons To Back Philadelphia
Philadelphia’s offense compared to Orlando’s is enough to warrant laying the points as the Sixers score 115.6 points per game (4th in the NBA). This is a figure that is nearly 10 points greater than Orlando’s 27th ranked 105.9 points per contest. Combining this with Philadelphia’s strong court presence (24-9 SU at home this season) and Orlando’s poor road record of 13-19 SU, there are many reasons to back the Sixers in this spot.
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Magic at 76ers Prediction 03/05/2019
The 76ers will hone their home court advantage along with their physical presence on the boards to run the Magic right out of the City of Brotherly Love. This contest has mismatch written all over it and is the perfect venue for the Sixers to take out their frustration of Saturday's gut-wrenching loss. The Magic will not have an answer for Philadelphia's offense despite owning the fourth-ranked scoring defense in the NBA (106.7 points per game). The Sixers will have more possessions as a result of their rebounding edge, and their talent will take care of the rest. Philly will win this contest by a big margin.
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