Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams will play on Friday February 27th, 2015. At 7:35 PM EST.
The (19-40) Orlando Magic of the Eastern Conference Southeast Division makes the trip from Central Florida to the Peach State. Orlando will play the (45-12) Atlanta Hawks also of the Eastern Conference Southeast in 2015 College Basketball action. The teams will play at Philips Arena in bustling downtown Atlanta, Georgia. This Sports Handicapper believes the Orlando Magic play hard at both ends of the court, but it’s going to take time. The Atlanta Hawks, on the other hand, have taken over supremacy in the Division. The betting line has Orlando as an eleven and a half-point road underdog Against The Spread, the betting odds total is at 199′ for Thursday’s game.
The 2015 Orlando Magic has won their last two of three both straight up and Against The Point Spread since the All-Star break. Orlando lost to Miami at home in overtime on February 25th. The Magic are in last place in the Division, twenty-seven games out of first. Orlando ranks twenty-fifth in scoring offense. The Magic allow opponents 101.2 points on average. Center Nikola Vucevic is the team leader in scoring and rebounds. Rookie Point Guard Elfrid Payton is a keeper and dishes out over six assists per game. The betting odds under the total are 6-1 Orlando last seven overall. The Magic are 5-0 ATS the last five between the teams. The Orlando Magic is 2-1 their last three NBA ATS Expert Predictions on the road, going over the betting odds total once and staying under the betting odds total twice. Orlando fired Jacque Vaughn before the break, and assistant James Borrego is manning the sidelines. Borrego has the Magic playing tough defense. Payton, Vucevic and high flying Victor Oladipo are the future of the franchise. Betting Experts in Las Vegas has Orlando at 5000/1 to win the 2015 NBA Championship.
The 2015 Atlanta Hawks have won two in a row both straight up and Against The Spread. Atlanta beat Dallas at home in their last game on Wednesday February 25th. Atlanta is comfortably on top in the Southeast. Atlanta plays in Miami on the 28th of this month and is back home for a March 3rd date with Houston. Paul Milsap, Point Guard Jeff Teague, and Al Horford are the main guy’s, but their supporting cast is very good. Three-point specialist Kyle Korver spread the floor. Reserves Mike Scott and Dennis Schroder can also score at will. Atlanta is 6-1 ATS their last seven on Friday’s. The betting odds under the total are 20-6 between the team the last twenty-six in the “ATL”. The Hawks also play tough defense; they rank 3rd overall in point allowed. The Atlanta Hawks are 3-2 their last five Against The Spread at home, going over the betting odds total twice. The key to an Atlanta win is to play with purpose and focus. Las Vegas has the Hawks at 8 to 1 to win the 2015 NBA title and 5/2 to be crowned Eastern Conference Champions.
Free Picks: Orlando+11′.