Orlando Magic (8-5; 7-6 ATS; 6-7 O/U) vs. Golden State Warriors (10-3; 7-6 ATS; 8-5 O/U)
NBA: Monday, November 13, 2017 at 10:30pm EST
Line: Golden State -14.5
The red-hot Golden State Warriors will host the Orlando Magic in an inter-conference clash Monday night from the Oracle Arena. The Magic are coming off a 125-107 road loss to the Nuggets, and the Warriors cruised to a 135-114 home win over the 76ers on Saturday night. The Warriors notched two decisive wins in both games against the Magic last season.
Magic Defense Falters in Loss to Denver
The Orlando Magic could not contain the Nuggets offense in their 125-107 road loss on Saturday night. The Magic shot a solid 47% from the field, however, the Nuggets converted on 53% of their attempts from the field, and Orlando was out-rebounded 50-36. Magic’ leading scorer Evan Fournier was solid, netting 18 points on a terrific 7 for 9 clip from the field in 27 minutes of playing time. The 25-year old small forward has slowed up a bit this month, however, he is still averaging a solid 20 points per game. Nikola Vucevic had a rough night in the loss to Denver, going 4 for 12 from the field for a total of eight points and six boards. The seven-foot center is having a strong season, posting 18.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Vucevic averaged 11 points along with six rebounds in two games against the Warriors last season.
The Magic are 1-1 on their current five-game road trip and now own a 4-3 road record on the season. They are in first place in the Southeast division primarily due to their strong offensive start. They are averaging 110.5 points per game good for fifth in the NBA. The Magic are allowing an average of 107.6 points, positioning them 22nd overall.
Warriors Rout 76ers in Sixth Straight Win
The Golden State Warriors poured on the points in their 135-114 blowout win over the 76ers on Saturday evening. The Warriors shot a sizzling 58.5% from the field which included a 14 for 27 clip from three-point range, and out-rebounded the 76ers 39-38. Kevin Durant made his return to action after missing one game and tallied 29 points on 11 for 18 shooting and added five rebounds. The 10-year veteran star is having a strong season, averaging 24.8 points along with 5.5 rebounds per game. Stephen Curry came one assist shy of a double-double in the win, sinking 22 points on a 5 for 12 mark from the field. The 29-year old point guard has scored 22 or fewer points in five straight games and is currently averaging 25 points per game. Curry was productive against the Magic last season, averaging 26 points in two games.
The Warriors are on a roll, winning six consecutive games as they continue to score big points with regularity. They are 5-2 on their home court this season and already hold a comfortable lead for first place in the Pacific division. Golden State is averaging an NBA-best 120.3 points per game. They are allowing an average of 108.3 points, placing them 23rd in the NBA.
The Orlando Magic are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Monday games.
- 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record.
The Golden State Warriors are:
- 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record.
- 21-7-1 ATS in their last 29 games following an ATS win.
I am taking the Warriors in this contest. The Warriors are on one of their scoring rampages, averaging 123 points in their last six games, and lead the NBA with a stellar 52.1 field goal percentage. Orlando has surrendered 112 and 125 points respectively in their last two games, and I don’t anticipate them slowing the Warriors down. Furthermore, while Golden State will give up points due to their high-tempo offense, they are holding opponents to 43.8% shooting and also have the rebounding edge.