The Atlanta Hawks (17-37) will be at Amway Center to meet the Orlando Magic (17-36) in a Southeast Division matchup. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8, 2018, and can be seen on Fox SportsNet Florida.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic Betting Odds
Both teams thoroughly outplayed their last opponent. The Magic defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-98, while the Hawks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-82.
Atlanta dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 12.4 (better than their season average of 13.8) and a free throw rate of 0.193 (above their season average of 0.190). For those same stats, Memphis was 22.8 and 0.127, respectively. The Magic, meanwhile, had a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 30.8 (above their season average of 20.5), while the Cavaliers had a free throw rate of 0.167 (below their season average of 0.225). Orlando was led by Jonathon Simmons, who put up 34 points and seven rebounds. Dennis Schroder, meanwhile played well for Atlanta, contributing 22 points and five assists.
This has potential to be a mistake-prone game for the offense of Orlando. Orlando ranks 17th in the NBA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 14.1 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Atlanta forces the third-most turnovers in the NBA (15.5 percent).
Of the Hawks’ 54 games, 28 have finished under the projected point total. Atlanta holds records of 17-37 straight up (SU) and 28-24-2 against the spread (ATS).
Games involving the Magic also have gone under the total 54.7 percent of the time. Further, Orlando is 17-36 SU and 24-28-1 ATS.
The Hawks’ Kent Bazemore has been playing well over his last five games, averaging 16.0 points and 3.2 assists per game. Meanwhile, Mario Hezonja has averaged 15.0 points and 1.2 blocks during that same time frame for the Magic.
The Hawks had the upper hand in the most recent game, a 117-110 victory, to even the season series at one. Despite the loss, Nikola Vucevic put up a triple-double with 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Atlanta did an excellent job of getting and making free throws (18-25; 72.0 percent). Orlando, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (11.2 vs. 11.7). The two teams combined for 227 points, which was well over the projected point total of 208, and Atlanta covered as a 6-point favorite.
The Magic average 29.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 15th in the NBA. The Hawks rank 23rd in three pointers allowed per game (30.1).
Orlando ranks seventh in points in the paint per game (47.1) while Atlanta ranks 28th (40.4).
The Magic average 4.9 blocks per game, which ranks 12th in the NBA. The Hawks rank 25th in blocks allowed per game (5.3).
Orlando ranks 17th in steals allowed per game (7.9) while Atlanta ranks 26th (8.6).
Atlanta ranks 19th in rebounds allowed per game (43.4) while Orlando ranks 28th (45.4).
The Magic average 23.4 assists per game, which ranks ninth in the NBA. The Hawks rank 29th in assists allowed per game (25.7).
The Hawks rank 14th in second chance points per game (12.7) while the Magic rank 23rd in second chance points allowed per game (13.2).
Orlando averages 12.7 fast break points per game, which ranks 12th in the NBA. Atlanta ranks 16th in fast break points allowed per game (12.0).
Atlanta ranks second in points off turnovers per game (18.8) while Orlando ranks 21st (15.7).
Orlando is 8-3 when they allow under 100 points, while Atlanta is 9-3.
The Hawks are 15-22 when they reach the century mark, while the Magic are 17-19.
Orlando is 9-15 ATS at home, while Atlanta is 13-11-2 ATS on the road.
The total has gone under in 15 of the Magic’s 24 home games, while 14 of the Hawks’ 26 road games have gone under.
The Magic are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Hawks are 3-2.
In their last five games, Orlando has 3 overs and 2 unders, while Atlanta has 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Magic have outscored opponents by an average of 3.6 points in their last five games. For the season, Orlando has been defeated by an average of 4.3 points.
During their last five games, the Hawks have scored an average of 106.4 points per game (2.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 104.0 points per game (3.8 below their season average).