Orlando Magic vs. Indiana Pacers
The Orlando Magic look to even things up against the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 from Orlando. The Pacers are -5 point favorites over the Magic with an over/under point total set at 181.5.
Head to head, the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a home underdog of 5.0-10.5, but just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Pacers on the other hand are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, but just 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 playoff games as a favorite.
After their surprising loss in Game 1, the Pacers have recorded back to back statement wins to take control of this best of seven series. With Dwight Howard sidelined, Orlando were always going to be up against it, however they managed to steal the opening game of this series 81-77, thanks to a late charge that was capped off by a Jason Richardson three pointer. The Magic also looked good in the opening half of Game 2, however it’s been all Indiana ever since, winning the last two games by an average of 19 points.
As dominate as the Pacers have been in this series, the Magic can even things up with a win here. While they still have talent on the roster, they are clearly missing Howard, on both offense and defence. With no real post options, Orlando have really struggled to score as they have yet to reach 80 points in this series. I’m sure the effort will be there, but that can only carry you so far.
Indiana Pacers -5 Orlando Magic