Pick #1 – Orlando Magic at Charlotte Hornets
A must win for both teams and even more so for 11th placed Orlando Magic this is one Eastern Conference rivalry that get things heated up quick. Sitting on a 4-6 recent 10 game record the struggling Magic will need to get it together when they face the 8-2 hot 10 game stretch Charlotte Hornets. The Orlando Magic (29-37) and Charlotte Hornets (37-29) have both been creating some serious offensive output and when they face off against each other the result is usually no different then there recent scoring trends. While both teams deal with a few injuries in anything those on the sidelines will play into our favor and a faster pace tonight. The Hornets will be sitting Spencer Hawes and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist so no real concern there but it the Magic injury report that might sway this battle. Orlando shows a roster minus Nikola Vucevic, Elfrid Payton, and Brandon Jennings which points to emphasis on a younger smaller lineup. This one should be a guard and smaller forward focused game where the buckets are many and inside game is soft. These two teams also seem to to take it up a notch offensively when they meet up showing a solid 6-3-1 total over/under record over there last 10 games. The total has gone OVER in 6 of Charlotte's last 8 games so its clear where this crucial home game is most likely heading. Offensive and defensive stats over the last 10 games for these two teams equal a combined 213.1 and 210.2 so we are on the right side of where we need to be as far as scoring averages are concerned for this one. The total over/under line for this NBA matchup had an opening of 210.5 and has risen to 212 so we have to really like which way the money is sending the message on this one. These two high flying teams just recently produce a 120 – 116 against each other so we can be assured there should be some serous offense in this one. The Hornets are estimated to cover the spread by -10 defending the home court and as this number continues to soar we have to think there will be plenty of offense as the Magic attempt to stay playoff alive. Many of the signs we like to see in a bet are here so lets feel confident in our read and take the over 212 here.
Orlando Magic at Charlotte Hornets - Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7:05 PM
601 Orlando Magic +10
602 Charlotte Hornets -10
601 Orlando Magic Over 212
602 Charlotte Hornets Under 212
Betting odds provided by 5Dimes
Over 207 (2 Units)
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