Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Bobcats
The Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats collide on Friday night from the Amway Center in Orlando. The Magic are -7.5 point favorites over the Bobcats with an over/under point total set at 195.5.
Head to head, the Bobcats are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Orlando, while the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, but just 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The Bobcats on the other hand are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, but just 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games following a double-digit loss at home.
I wouldn’t have thought at the start of the season that the Magic would be 7.5 point favorites over anyone for the whole season, yet here we are. So why is Orlando favored by this much when they have only won two of their last 13 games? First of all, they are playing the worst team in the league in the Bobcats, a team they already defeated 107-98 on the road, secondly, they really haven’t been as bad as their record would suggest. The Magic do have strange blowout losses to Toronto and Washington recently, yet, they have managed to hang with the likes of Miami, Chicago and Denver while defeating the likes of the Clippers and Pacers in the past week.
Like I said, the Charlotte Bobcats are the worst team in basketball and I don’t even think it’s close. Charlotte did have surprising wins in Chicago and Detroit not long ago, which snapped their 17-game losing streak, however, they are back to their losing ways again. The Bobcats are currently riding a five-game skid and they haven’t even looked like winning any of those, losing by an average margin of 15.4 points per game.
The Magic are a pretty impressive team considering their actual roster would rate about the worst in the league. Still, they play hard every night and seem to get the most out of their players. Charlotte on the other hand has a couple of building blocks, but they are still a year to away from competing on a consistent level. The Bobcats might keep this close for a while, but I expect the home team to get the cover tonight.
Orlando Magic -7.5 Charlotte Bobcats