Written and authored by National Basketball Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball Betting news and notes. NBA Premium Predictions have been winning at a 74.2% rate and will continue through the 2016 NBA Finals in June 2016. The (20-19) Orlando Magic of the Eastern Conference Southeast Division will be in the “PEACH STATE” for a Divisional matchup. Orlando takes on the (24-17) Atlanta Hawks also of the Eastern Conference Southeast in 2016 NBA action. The teams will play at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Tip-Off time is at 5:00 PM EST. The game is on Monday, January, 18th 2016. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Orlando Magic are a solid basketball team. Head Coach Scott Skiles needs a few more player before they become contenders. The Atlanta Hawks are inconsistent, and trade rumors are floating around the “ATL”. The Opening betting line has Orlando as an eight and a half-point Road Underdog Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total is at 200′-points for Monday’s game.
The Orlando Magic have dropped six of their last seven basketball games. Orlando returns home for two games after the Martin Luther King holiday. The Magic will face Philadelphia on the 20th and Charlotte on the 22nd of January. Orlando recently signed former Michigan State star Keith Appling to a 10-day contract to help out at point guard. Magic reserve C.J. Watson has been out since the middle of December with a calf injury. There is no timetable for his return. Starter Elfrid Payton is a good but reserve Shabazz Napier is not ready for the professional level, and it show in his inconsistent play. The Orlando offense averages 99.1 points per game. Defensively the Magic ranks in the top ten in the NBA. Center Nikola Vucevic is the team’s leader in scoring and rebounds. Payton is one of the better defensive point guards in the league and leads the team in steals and assists. The key to a Magic win is to control the perimeter.
The 2016 Atlanta Hawks are 5-5 both straight up and Against The Spread their last ten. Atlanta broke a two-game losing streak with an 114-86 home win against Brooklyn on January 16th. Atlanta is still capable of scoring with the best in the league. The Hawks defense ranks fifteenth in the NBA. Power Forward Paul Millsap is the team leader in scoring, rebounds, and steals. Point guard Jeff Teague is rumored to be on the trading block. The talks also involve Dwight Howard of Houston, Timofey Mozgov of the Cleveland Cavalier and Hawks reserve Tiago Splitter. Atlanta has to address their deficiencies in rebounding. Forward Al Horford must get more aggressive in the post to help get more rebounds. The loss of defensive specialist DeMarre Carroll to Toronto in the offseason hurt the Hawks. Carroll’s toughness is hard to replace.
Orlando is 6-2 Against The Point Spread the last eight between the teams.
The Betting Odds Under The Total are 21-5 the last twenty-six between the teams in Atlanta.
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