The Atlanta Hawks (5-18), 6-point underdogs, will be at Amway Center to go head-to-head with the Orlando Magic (10-15) in a Southeast Division matchup. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 217.5 points and it can be seen on Fox SportsNet Florida at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic ATS Odds
Both teams lost in their last game. The Magic were beaten by the Charlotte Hornets, 104-94, while the Hawks lost big to the Brooklyn Nets, 110-90.
Atlanta did a great job of getting and making free throws (21-27; 77.8 percent) while Orlando held Charlotte to an effective field goal percentage of 0.423 (below their season average of 0.499). Nikola Vucevic played a key role for Orlando with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Meanwhile, Atlanta was lifted by Dennis Schroder, who contributed 19 points and five rebounds.
Orlando should have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The Magic rank eighth in effective field goal percentage (0.532), while Atlanta ranks 27th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.544).
Just over half of the Hawks’ games have finished over the projected point total. Atlanta heads into the contest with records of 5-18 straight up (SU) and 10-12-1 against the spread (ATS).
Games involving the Magic have gone over the O/U total 52.0 percent of the time. Moreover, Orlando owns records of 10-15 SU and 11-13-1 ATS.
Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton have been playing well over the last five games for Orlando. Gordon has averaged 22.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.8 blocks, while Payton has recorded 16.2 points, 6.8 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals a game during that span.
This was a highly contested series last year. Each won two of the four games played against each other last season. The Magic won the last contest 105-86. One of Orlando’s largest advantages was their ability to convert at the free throw line. They were 23-24 (95.8 percent), while the Hawks were just 14-26 (53.8 percent). This will be the first game of the year between these two teams.
Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Magic, ATS Winner – Hawks, O/U – Under
The Magic average 11.3 fast break points per game, which ranks 13th in the NBA. The Hawks rank 21st in fast break points allowed per game (11.8).
Orlando averages 23.8 assists per game, which ranks fourth in the NBA. Atlanta ranks 28th in assists allowed per game (26.3).
The Hawks average 19.0 points off turnovers per game, which ranks sixth in the NBA. The Magic rank 21st in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.0).
Atlanta ranks 16th in second chance points per game (12.3) while Orlando ranks 28th in second chance points allowed per game (14.0).
Orlando averages 5.1 blocks per game, which ranks 10th in the league. Atlanta ranks 20th in blocks allowed per game (5.1).
The Magic rank eighth in three pointers allowed per game (26.4) while the Hawks rank last (33.3).
The Hawks rank 18th in points allowed in the paint per game (44.1) while the Magic rank 29th (49.9).
Atlanta ranks 23rd in rebounds allowed per game (45.0) while Orlando ranks 28th (46.6).
Atlanta ranks fourth in steals per game (9.1) while Orlando ranks 19th in steals allowed per game (8.3).
When allowing below 100 points, Orlando is 5-1 and Atlanta is 1-2.
The Hawks are 5-10 when they reach the century mark, while the Magic are 10-9.
Atlanta is 5-6-1 ATS on the road, while Orlando is 4-6 ATS at home.
The Hawks have 8 unders and 4 overs in 12 road games.
Of the Magic’s 10 home games, they have 5 overs and 5 unders.
The Hawks are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Magic are 2-3.
In their last five games, Atlanta has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Orlando has 3 overs and 2 unders.
During their last five games, the Hawks have scored an average of 102.4 points per game (0.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 109.8 points per game (1.2 above their season average).
The Magic’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 5.0, up from 3.6 for the season.