NBA FREE PICK: Orlando Magic +7.5
Orlando vs. Philadelphia,
01/30/2012 19:00 EDT,
Score: 69 - 74
Point Spread: +7½/-107 Orlando
My money is on the Orlando Magic to snap out of their recent funk and give the 76ers everything they can handle tonight. Orlando is simply too strong of a team to continue to play as bad as they have the last few nights. Two straight 20-point losses tends to be a pretty good wake-up call. Orlando matches up well with the 76ers, as they have won seven of the last eight in the series, including each of the last four in Philadelphia.
Not to say the 76ers aren't a good team, but they are extremely overvalued. Philadelphia has played the easiest schedule of any team in the league. If you look at who they have beat, the best team they have beat is Atlanta. The 76ers really don't have the size to matchup with Howard inside, and there's a good chance they will be without starting center Spencer Hawes, who has missed the last seven games with a Achilles injury.
Orlando is 26-10-1 ATS in their last 37 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog, and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. BET THE MAGIC!