NBA Betting Previews – Oklahoma City Thunder vs Orlando Magic
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The Oklahoma City Thunder continue their three-game East Coast- swing with a Thursday night matchup against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center. Game time for this inter-conference clash is set for 8 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on TNT.
Oklahoma City’s trip east actually begins with a Wednesday night tilt in Philadelphia for the first of three games in the next four nights. The Thunder come off the All-Star break riding a five-game winning streak that has helped raised their overall record to 27-7 straight-up and a profitable 19-15 against the spread. They are 12-6 SU (10-8 ATS) on the road this season and the total has gone an even 9-9 in the 18 games.
The combination of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook continues to be as deadly as ever with the two combining for an average of 51.4 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 8.9 assists a game over the first half of the season. The Thunder are ranked third in the NBA in scoring with an average of 102.7 points a game.
Orlando gets back into action after the break with a Wednesday night road game against Washington before returning home to play the Thunder. The Magic finished the first half of the season 22-13 SU and 20-15 ATS. They went 12-6 SU at home, but just 9-9 ATS. The total has gone 7-9-2 in the 18 games.
It is still pretty much a one-man show in Orlando with Dwight Howard leading the team with 20.1 points and 15.3 rebounds a game. The Magic are 23rd in the league in scoring with an averaging of 93.1 points a game, but have been solid defensively; giving-up an average of just 90.8 points to their opponents.
The Thunder are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games against the Eastern Conference, with the total staying ‘under’ in 11 of the last 14 games against the East.
The Magic are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five at home. The total has stayed ‘under’ in five of their last seven games against the Northwest Division.
These two met in the season opener on Christmas Day with Oklahoma City coming away with a 97-89 victory as a 7.5-point home favorite. The home team has won each of the last six meetings SU, but the Thunder have a slight 4-2 advantage ATS.
Orlando keeps the home winning streak in this series intact with the SU win, but the play could be on Oklahoma City depending on the actual spread for the game. The Free NBA Pick: Orlando 98 Oklahoma City 96
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