New Orleans Hornets vs. Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic is 9-point home favorites against the New Orleans Hornets this evening.Â The over/under total for the game is at 191.Â The New Orleans Hornets will be trying to break a four-game losing streak tonight.Â The Hornets have also failed to cover once in their last seven games.
The Hornets may be able to end that streak tonight as they will bring with them confidence, due to the fact that the Hornets beat the Magic on January 12th 92-89 in overtime as 3-point home underdogs.Â In that game, Marcus Thornton scored a season high 22 points.Â Orlando entered that game with a nine-game winning streak.Â Dwight Howard was unstoppable in that game grabbing 20 rebounds and scoring 29 points.
In New Orleans last game on Wednesday night they lost to the New Jersey Nets 103-101 in overtime.Â New Orleans failed to cover as a 3-point road favorite.Â The Hornets record against the spread on the road is 13-14 and overall against the spread its 26-28.Â The der is 35-19 in Hornets games this year and 18-9 in their road games.Â Defensively, the Hornets rank third in the league, giving up an average of 92.5 points per game.Â They are allowing teams to shoot 44.1 percent from the field, which ranks them, 7th in the NBA.
Orlando is coming off a win against the Philadelphia 76ers 99-95 as 1-point road favorites.Â The Magic improved their overall record to 34-20 and 25-29 against the spread.Â Â The game against the 76ers was the fourth straight game that went der.Â The der is 29-25 in Orlandos first 54 games and 15-11 in their road games.Â The Magic is 19-7 at home this season but is only 13-13 against the spread at home.Â Orlando scores 100.1 points per game, which ranks them 11th in the NBA.Â They only give up 94.5 points per game, which is 6th in the NBA.
I am expecting a low scoring game is that match-up.Â Both teams are ranked in the top half defensively and both teams have a good record betting the der.Â The der will be my only play in this game.