Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Friday Night December 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm EST.
The (7-19) Utah Jazz of the NBA Western Conference Northwest division will make the trip from South Beach, where they beat Miami on Wednesday to the Central part of the Sunshine State to take on the (10-18) Orlando Magic of the Eastern Conference Southeast division in 2014 NBA action. The team will play at Amway Center in downtown Orlando, Florida. This Sports Handicapper believes the Utah Jazz will improve as the season progress, but they will still be in the 2015 NBA draft lottery. Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn has done a very good job, but they have a long way to go before they become a force. The betting line has Utah as a four-point road underdog Against The Point Spread, and the betting odds total is at 191′-points for Friday’s game.
The 2014-15 Utah Jazz lost 98-93 to Orlando back on December 5th and Utah has won only 2 of their last ten straight up. The Jazz are 2-0 when they hold opponents under 100 points, after Friday Night’s game Utah goes to Charlotte and Memphis on their current East Coast swing. Utah is 1-7-3 Against The Point Spread their last 11 played on Friday’s and 7-3 their last ten NBA Expert Point Spread Picks in Central Florida. The Jazz have covered the number the last four times they’ve visited “O-Town”. The key to a Utah win Friday Night is defense, they must contain the Magic and be dominant in the paint.
The 2014-15 Orlando Magic have lost four of five straight up including a 109-92 road loss at Boston on Wednesday Night. Orlando is 5-1 Against The Point Spread their last six played on Friday’s. The betting odds total has stayed under the last five the teams have met. Orlando is 7-3 Against The Point Spread, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under seven. The key to an Orlando win is to play flawless in the half-court and make open shots, both teams are evenly matched so it should be very competitive.
Free Pick: Utah+4.