Orlando Magic vs. Phoenix Suns
The Orlando Magic is 4-point road favorites this afternoon when they take on the Phoenix Suns.Â The over/under total for the game is set at 204.Â The Magic are 41-24 and are currently in fourth in the East and are chasing Miami for the Southeast Division lead, but has lost three ofÂ their last four after beating the Heat last Thursday. Orlando followed up their win in Miami by losing back-to-back home games for the first time since December, averaging 83.0 points, and 17.5 turnovers against Chicago and Portland.
Offensively the Magic played well on Friday night, scoring 120 points but allowed the hapless Warriors to set a franchise record for 3-pointers made, falling in OT 123-120. Golden State outpaced the Magic with a furious second-half push and finished 21-for-35 from beyond the arc. Jason Richardson scored 30 points, but he missed a three-pointer that could have tied the game just before it ended. Jameer Nelson chipped in with 24 points. Orlando was 15-for-32 from 3-point range. In his second game back after serving an automatic one-game suspension for picking up his 16th technical foul, Dwight Howard recorded 13 points and 21 rebounds, extending his double-double streak to 23 games, one shy of a career high.
As for the Suns, they have alternated wins and losses in their last five games after outlasting Houston Tuesday as a four-point home favorite, 113-110. Then went on, being thumped by the Nuggets 116-97 just 48 hours later in their second-worst home loss of the season. Phoenix never led in the game, as Marcin Gortat had 14 points and tied a career high with 18 rebounds for the Suns. Steve Nash, bothered by an irritated bone in the groin area, played only 10 minutes in the second half. Phoenix committed 14 turnovers in the first half that the Nuggets conveniently turned into 24 points. Â They didnt shoot well either making just five of 22 3-pointers.
The Magic handled the Suns easily in Orlando back in November 105-89. Howard had 20 points and 12 rebounds in that game while Nelson had 15 points and a season-high 12 assists.Â I expect a similar outcome today and will lay the 4-points and take the Magic.
Orlando Magic -4 Phoenix Suns