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10-20-2018 - Pick and Prediction

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#505 Orlando
Magic 217
#506 Philadelphia
76ers -12.5

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:35pm

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Orlando Magic

1 - 1


Philadelphia 76ers

1 - 1


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A pair of Eastern Conference teams lock up on the hardwood in the City of Brotherly Love. The Orlando Magic heads on the road for the first time this season as they travel to face the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night. Orlando was in action on Friday night as they hosted Charlotte in a Southeast Division battle. Philadelphia evened their record on the young season by running past Chicago 127-108 at home Thursday night. The Magic has dominated the all-time regular season series by a 75-36 margin but the 76ers swept all three meetings last year, including a 118-98 road win in the last matchup on March 22.

Orlando Magic Hits the Road for First Time in 2018-19

Orlando came up with a tight win in their season opener at home against Miami in a divisional contest Wednesday night. The Magic then faced another division foe in Charlotte on Friday night as Steve Clifford got a shot at his former team early on in the season. Orlando now heads out on the road for the first time in the 2018-19 season and they have a challenge on their hands in this one. The Magic was 7-8 in the second game of back to backs last season. Their offensive improved in those games as they averaged 108.6 points per game compared to their season mark of 103.4 points per contest. The Magic struggled slightly defensively, giving up 109.5 points per contest in those outings compared to 108.2 points per game in the regular season overall. Orlando was 20-19-2 ATS on the road last season while the under was a better bet in their road tilts, going 24-17.

The Magic battled back from a 14 point deficit in the opening quarter to take a three point lead at the half. Orlando managed to hold on despite a back and forth final quarter against the Heat thanks to critical plays at crucial moments. The Magic were held to 41.5 percent shooting from the floor on the night, including a seven of 25 showing from beyond the arc. Orlando could have made things easier for themselves had they gone better than 19 of 31 at the charity stripe. The Magic was edged 52-51 on the glass but forced 16 Heat turnovers in the game, which led to 25 Orlando points. Aaron Gordon contributed 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead the way for the Magic. Evan Fournier and Mo Bamba (seven rebounds, two blocks) each had 13 points, Jonathon Simmons and Nikola Vucevic (eight rebounds) both had 12 and D.J. Augustin finished with 11.

Philadelphia 76ers Seek Second Straight Win at Home

Philadelphia bounced back from a dismal offensive showing in their opener against the Celtics as their offense came to life against the Bulls. The 76ers trailed 41-38 after the opening quarter but put the boots to Chicago over the middle two quarters, outscoring them 64-35 to take control of the contest. Philadelphia shot 47.3 percent from the field, drained 12 of 36 three point attempts and hit 27 of 30 free throws in the game. The 76ers dominated the glass by a 55-39 margin in the victory. Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 30 points plus 12 boards while Ben Simmons recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. All told, eight players were in double figures for the 76ers in the victory. Philadelphia covered the line and went over the total in their home opener. The 76ers were 27-14 ATS at home last season: the under was 21-19-1 at the Wells Fargo Center.

The 76ers enter this game tied for 18th in scoring offense with an average of 107 points per game in the early going. Philadelphia is tied for 10th in rebounding with 51 per game and stand ninth in assists with 24 per contest. The 76ers are 10th in scoring defense by allowing an average of 106.5 points per game so far. Joel Embiid leads the team with 26.5 points plus 11 rebounds per contest. Ben Simmons is averaging 16 points, 14 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game while Robert Covington (14.5 points) and JJ Redick (13 points) are averaging in double figures. Dario Saric, Amir Johnson, Markelle Fultz, Landry Shamet and T.J. McConnell are all key pieces in Brett Brown’s rotation. The team hopes to get Wilson Chandler back later this month from a hamstring injury. Philadelphia is 17th in field goal percentage as they shoot 43.3 percent from the floor. The 76ers are third in three pointers per game (8.5) but stand only 24th in three point percentage as they cash in only 27.4 percent of their shots from beyond the arc.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

Orlando picked up a win over Miami to open the season but was in action Friday night before having to fly up for this contest. That’s going to be a challenge for the Magic, who were not very good on the road last season as they were tied for the second-worst record with an 8-33 mark as the visiting team. Philadelphia got things going offensively after being shut down by Boston in the opener. The 76ers ride that momentum here and take care of business again against a team that was sub-.500 last year. Philadelphia cruises to another double-digit win here.

Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -12

Full-Game Total Pick

Philadelphia looked like a completely different team in the win over Chicago compared to how things went against the Celtics. The 76ers found themselves blitzed in the first quarter as they gave up 41 points to the Bulls in the opening 12 minutes after allowing 47 in the first half against Boston. Philadelphia regrouped defensively after that and their offense took control of the game. Orlando is playing their third game in four nights here and they have to go on the road. Given the fact that the Magic was awful on the road last season, can we expect them to turn things around here or are they doomed to get blown out of the building?

The over is 11-3 in the Magic’s last 14 games on Saturday. The teams have gone over the total in each of their last five meetings overall and in five of the last six meetings in Philadelphia. If the 76ers team we saw Thursday shows up, Orlando is in serious trouble. Either way, Philadelphia has been good at the Wells Fargo Center and that pushes this one over the total.

Prediction: Over 217

Half-Time Side Pick

Philadelphia put the boots to Chicago in the second and third quarters of the game after giving up 41 points in the opening quarter. The 76ers rolled to a double digit win easily at home and they get an Orlando team playing the second game of a back to back. The Magic was obliterated at home by Charlotte Friday night by 32 points and that’s not a good situation to have right before this one. Orlando was awful on the road last season and that leads to the 76ers piling up a big edge at the half.

Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -7.5 (-110)

Half-Time Total Bet

We saw Philadelphia put up 65 first half points against Chicago in their home opener. The 76ers have plenty of weapons to work with and had a seven point lead at the half. Orlando was down 20 at the half against Charlotte as they totaled just 31 points in the first half after putting up 54 against Miami in their season opener. We know Orlando doesn’t travel well while the 76ers are very good at home. We saw Philadelphia put the hammer down against Chicago in their opener. The 76ers have another offensive bonanza to put this one over the total at the half.

Prediction: Over 110

Chris Kubala

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