The Orlando Magic (25-32), the NBA’s top scoring defense, will meet the Atlanta Hawks (17-42) at State Farm Arena. Orlando is a 3-point favorite on the opening line, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 227 points. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, and it can be seen on Fox SportsNet Florida.
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The Magic won a close one over the Brooklyn Nets in their last contest, 115-113, despite being 3.5-point underdogs. Aaron Gordon was the game’s high scorer with 27 points on 11-for-16 shooting. Orlando dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.157 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 9.4 (better than their season average of 10.9). Brooklyn had marks of 0.052 and 10.8, respectively, for those same stats. The two teams combined to put up 228 points, which came in well over the projected point total of 213.
In the Hawks’ last game, they were topped by the Philadelphia 76ers, 129-112, and were unable to cover as 8.5-point underdogs. Trae Young led Atlanta in scoring with 28 points on 10-for-22 shooting. Philadelphia was lights out from beyond the arc (12-30; 40.0 percent). Atlanta, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.4 (above their season average of 21.1). Combined, the two teams scored 241 points, which finished over the O/U total of 226.5.
Contrasting tempos will be on display in this matchup. Atlanta has preferred to play quickly (third in possessions per game), while Orlando has been more half-court-oriented (29th in possessions per game).
Of Orlando’s 57 games, 30 have finished under the O/U total, while 34 of Atlanta’s 59 games have finished over the O/U total. The Magic have the significant advantage straight up (SU) (25-32 vs. 17-42), but the Hawks have been better against the spread (ATS) (27-31-1 vs. 24-29-4).
These two teams have met three times already this season, with the Hawks winning all of them. In the most recent contest, Vucevic had 24 points, nine rebounds and nine assists and the Magic defeated the Hawks 135-126, covering as 8.5-point favorites. The two teams combined to put up 261 points, which was 38 points above the projected point total of 223 points. Orlando had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (34.1 vs. 11.4). Atlanta, on the other hand, did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (16-17; 94.1 percent).
Magic at Hawks Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Magic, ATS Winner – Magic, O/U – Over
Orlando ranks fourth in steals allowed per game (6.8) while Atlanta ranks 27th (8.9).
Orlando ranks 20th in rebounds per game (44.5) while Atlanta ranks 28th in rebounds allowed per game (47.1).
The Hawks average 35.6 three pointers per game, which ranks eighth in the league. The Magic rank 11th in three pointers allowed per game (33.1).
Atlanta is 17-10-1 ATS at home, while Orlando is 14-12-2 ATS on the road.
Atlanta is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Over its last five games, Orlando is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
The Hawks’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 7.8, down from 8.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Magic have scored an average of 113.4 points per game (9.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 116.8 points per game (11.0 above their season average).