Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Friday Night December 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm EST.
The (9-15) Orlando Magic of the Eastern Conference Southeast division will make the trip from Central Florida to the “ATL” to take on the (15-6) Atlanta Hawks also of the Eastern Conference Southeast division in 2014 NBA action. The team will play at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. This Sports Handicapper believes the Orlando Magic are the surprise team in the East if not in all of basketball the first part of the season. The Atlanta Hawks should be in contention for a Southeast division title. The betting line has not been posted for Friday Night’s game.
The 2014-15 Orlando Magic played six in a row away from home before returning to a two-point home loss to divisional foes Washington. The Orlando defense is giving up a little over 99 points per game while the offense is scoring 94.6ppg. Orlando is 4-1 Against The Point Spread the last five times the teams have played and the under is 4-0 their last four returning from an off day. Orlando is 4-3 Against The Point Spread, going over the betting odds total once and staying under the NBA Expert Betting Picks total six times their last seven on the road. The Orlando Magic head coach Jacques Vaughn has done a masterful job with this team and the sky is the limit for the second-year mentor who also played in the league.
The 2014-15 Atlanta Hawks have won eight in a row, and nine of ten straight up including a 95-79 home win vs. The lowly Philadelphia 76ers. Atlanta is has covered their last four in a row following an Against The Point Spread win and the under is has come in on 22 of the last 29 meetings between the teams, who play four times per season. Atlanta is 3-2 Against The Spread their last four, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under twice their last five played at home. The key to an Atlanta win is to push the basketball up the court at a fast pace, not allowing Orlando to set their defense. Point Guards Jeff Teague, Shelvin Mack, and Dennis Schroder have the advantage; they form one of the best point rotations in the NBA.
Free Pick: Betting Odds not available.