The Orlando Magic and Golden State Warriors don’t have a heck of a lot in common, but the two could be strange trade partners in the coming months. NBA betting action between the two teams kicks off on Thursday night at 10:30 ET on TNT in San Francisco.
Of course, we’re talking about the Dwight Howard situation. The Magic really would love to keep Howard after this season, but if the efforts become futile for that to happen, trading him before the trade deadline makes the most sense, and the Warriors are trying to be the team that gets his services when push comes to shove. Of course, if the Magic keep up at the 7-3 pace that they are on for the next month and change, they are going to be less likely to want to deal the cornerstone of their franchise to be able to make one more push at the NBA Finals again. This is the final stop of three on the West Coast, and Orlando was able to win the first two duels. Howard is doing his thing, averaging 18.0 points and 14.4 boards per game (we won’t mention the 42.6 percent he is shooting from the foul line, though…). The rest of the team is coming together. Ryan Anderson has been a pleasant surprise, while Hedo Turkoglu, JJ Redick, Jason Richardson, and Glen Davis continue to be solid contributors to the team. Jameer Nelson is only averaging 7.8 points and 5.3 assists per game though, and that is going to have to change if the Magic are going to truly become and elite team this year.
We really do feel for the Warriors this year. They tried to make every big signing and every big trade under the sun in the offseason, failed on all accounts, and now, they have to live with life without Stephen Curry, who is still listed as “out indefinitely” with an ankle injury. As a result, this offense just hasn’t been flying nearly as much as we are used to. Monta Ellis and David Lee are seemingly the only two scorers on this team at times, though we do have to note that the addition of Nate Robinson seemingly came at the right time for a struggling offense. He came off of the bench and scored 24 points in the win earlier this week against the Miami Heat, and he was one of the four men on the team that topped the 20+ point mark in the 111-106 triumph.
Orlando Magic @ Golden State Warriors Trends: The home team has won three in a row both SU and ATS in this series. The Magic have been a dominating team when hosting the Warriors, winning three straight, all by at least 20 points. This one is at Oracle Arena though, where Orlando was trumped in overtime last year, and where it has had a tremendous mixed bag of results over the course of the last few seasons.
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