Golden State Warriors (37-6 SU, 19-23-1 ATS, 19-24 O/U) vs. Orlando Magic (18-27 SU, 19-25-1 ATS, 21-24 O/U)
NBA: Sunday, January 22, 2017, Amway Center, Orlando, Florida, 12 pm ET
Line: Golden State -12; Over/Under: 223
It’s an inter-conference battle down in the Sunshine State between the league’s best team and one chasing a playoff spot. The Golden State Warriors continue their road trip with a stop against the Orlando Magic Sunday afternoon. Golden State won their sixth straight with a 125-108 road win over the Rockets Friday night. Orlando had lost three straight and seven of eight before dumping Milwaukee 112-96 at home Friday night. The Magic has a 30-24 edge in the all-time regular season series between the teams but Golden State has won the last six meetings. That includes a 119-113 win at home in the last matchup on March 7, 2016.
Golden State Warriors Go For Seven Straight Wins
Golden State shut down Houston’s perimeter game and it helped them run their win streak to six games. The Warriors led by only five at the half before outscoring Houston 37-22 in the third quarter to take command. Golden State shot 52.8 percent from the floor in the contest and sank 15 of their 38 three point attempts. That was a stark cry from what Houston put up as the Warriors held the Rockets to 44.8 percent shooting overall and 7 of 35 from beyond the arc. Kevin Durant led five Warriors in double figures with 32 points plus seven assists in the victory.
The Warriors come into this one #1 in the league in scoring with 118 points per game. Golden State stands 6th in rebounding with 45.2 per contest. The Warriors are leading the league by dishing out 31.4 assists a night. Golden State has to improve defensively as they are 18th in scoring defense, allowing 105 points a night. Kevin Durant is the leading scorer this season, posting 26.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Stephen Curry adds 24.6 points plus 6.1 assists while Klay Thompson contributes 21.1 points a night. Draymond Green is chipping in with 10.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.98 steals so far this year. Zaza Pachulia, Andre Iguodala, David West and Shaun Livingston are key complementary pieces for the Warriors’ rotation. The Warriors are tops in the league, shooting 50.1 percent from the floor as a team. Golden State is 4th with 11.9 triples a night while the team stands 2nd by sinking 38.5 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
Orlando Magic Shoot for Huge Upset Win
Orlando managed to put their slump behind them, at least for one night, as they dispatched Milwaukee. The Magic pulled away from a four point halftime edge by outscoring the Bucks 29-19 in the third quarter and didn’t look back. Orlando shot 46 percent from the field despite missing 20 of 28 three point attempts in the game. The Magic held the Bucks to 40.5 percent shooting overall and 10 of 25 from beyond the arc. Orlando controlled the glass by a 53-40 margin in the contest. Elfrid Payton led seven Magic players in double figures with 20 points plus six assists and three steals.
The Magic has to find a way to put the ball in the basket: they are 25th in the league with 100 points per game. Orlando stands 19th on the glass with 43 boards per contest and is 15th with 22.2 assists a night. The Magic is 16th in scoring defense as they allow 104.7 points a game. Evan Fournier leads five Orlando players in double figures with 17 points per game. Elfrid Payton puts up 12.3 points plus 5.9 assists per game. Serge Ibaka (15.3 points, 7.1 boards, 1.64 blocks), Aaron Gordon (11.6 points, 4.8 boards) and Nikola Vucevic (13.7 points, 9.9 rebounds) comprise a solid frontcourt trio. Jeff Green, Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Bismack Biyombo are key reserves for Orlando’s rotation. The Magic is 24th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 44.1 percent as a team. Orlando is tied for 19th with 8.9 made threes per game while the team is 28th in three point percentage as they shoot 33.7 percent from downtown.
- Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win
- Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points
- Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games
- Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
Golden State has been on a roll of late and there are those who say that the team looks like the one that set a NBA record for wins with 73 a season ago. Orlando managed to take out Milwaukee at home but Golden State is no pushover as the visitor. The Warriors are 17-3 on the road this season, tied with San Antonio for the most road wins in the league. Orlando has struggled to go 8-13 at home this year. The Magic battles but they’re overmatched by the talent Golden State has. The Warriors make it seven straight wins with a triumph here.
Pick: Golden State Warriors -12
The Warriors built on the league’s best record as they took down a Houston team that has been one of the top teams in the West most of the year. Golden State seems to be clicking on all cylinders as they boast the league’s best offensive attack and they are the lone team to hit more than 50 percent of their shots from the floor. Orlando put together a nice win over a sliding Milwaukee team to halt their recent slide, at least temporarily. Beating the Warriors is a major step up in competition from beating the Bucks.
For all their offensive production, Golden State has fallen under the total a fair bit recently. The Warriors have gone under the total in their last four after an ATS win, in their last four after allowing at least 100 points, in their last four on the road against teams with a losing home record, in 11 of their last 12 on the road and in five of their previous six overall. Orlando has gone under the total in seven of their last eight against the Pacific Division and in five of their last seven at home. In the last eight meetings between the teams here in Orlando, the under has cashed in six times. Look for that trend to continue here.