Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game On Monday December 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM EST.
The (12-21) Orlando Magic of the Eastern Conference Southeast Division will make the trip from the Central part of the Sunshine State the “MIA” to take on the (14-17) Miami Heat also of the Eastern Southeast Division in 2014 NBA action. The teams will play at American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami, Florida. This Sports Handicapper believes Orlando has made progress this season but will still be in the 2015 NBA draft lottery. The Miami Heat has a sub .500 record for the first time in five years; that’s life without LeBron James. The betting line is not available for Monday Night’s game.
The 2014-15 Orlando Magic have lost their last ten to their in-state rivals to the South. Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn is changing the culture in “O-Town” and a win in South Beach would be huge for the young teams confidence. Orlando beat Charlotte on Saturday Night 102-94 on the road, after playing the Heat Orlando has two winnable games at home against Detroit and Brooklyn. Orlando is 1-5-1 ATS the last seven meetings between the teams. Orlando is 2-2 on NBA Point Spread Predictions going over the betting odds total two times and staying under twice their last four away from Amway Center. Orlando is scoring a little over 93 points per game and allowing opponents nearly 100 ppg. Orlando has plenty of young talent including future star Victor Oladipo, who scored 12 at Charlotte. The key to a Magic win on Monday is to play tight man to man defense, rookie point guard Elfrid Payton must get into the lane. Forward Tobias Harris is a solid scorer who can make the perimeter jump shot.
The 201415 Miami Heat have been disappointing, to say the least, so far this season. Miami did get a Christmas day win at home Against their former teammate LeBron James 101-91. The Heat lost at home to Memphis on Saturday Night December 27th, 103-95. Miami is 6-0 ATS their last six following a straight up loss. The betting odds under is 6-2 the last eight between the teams in Miami. Miami is 3-4 Against The Point Spread, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under three their last seven at the “AAA” American Airlines Arena. The Miami Heat big two DeWayne Wade and Chris Bosh are both questionable for Monday Night’s game. The key to a Maimi win is to score the basketball and defend the perimeter.
Free Pick: No Line Available.