Southeast Division foes will clash when the Atlanta Hawks (18-37) square off against the Orlando Magic (24-32) at State Farm Arena. Orlando is a 1.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 224 points. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 10, 2019, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Southeast.
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In the Magic’s last outing, they dismantled the Milwaukee Bucks, 103-83, despite being 4-point underdogs. With 15 points, 17 rebounds and five assists, Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic played well. Orlando’s 0.521 effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Milwaukee, who had a rate of 0.358. The Magic’s mark was above their season average of 0.510, while the Bucks’ was below their season average of 0.557. The two teams combined to score 186 points, which finished well under the projected point total of 215.
The Hawks were unable to cover as 7-point underdogs in their 129-120 loss to the Charlotte Hornets in their last outing. With 20 points and 11 assists, Atlanta’s Trae Young played well. Charlotte had a healthier turnover percentage (11.9 vs. 16.0). Atlanta, on the other hand, did a terrific job of making free throws (14-19; 73.7 percent). Combined, the two teams scored 249 points, which came in well over the O/U total of 232.5.
These two clubs have already met once this season. The two teams combined for 225 points in that game, which was just over the projected point total of 222. The Magic won 122-103, covering as 2-point underdogs. The Magic played a perfect game. They had a great turnover percentage of 9.9 and a free throw rate of 0.209. The Hawks put up marks of 11.9 and 0.186, respectively, for those same stats. Vucevic recorded a double-double with 29 points and 14 rebounds.
Of Orlando’s 55 games with betting action, 30 have finished under the projected point total, while 30 of Atlanta’s 54 games have finished over the O/U total. The Magic have the clear advantage straight up (SU) (24-32 vs. 18-37) and a narrow edge against the spread (ATS) (27-25-3 vs. 24-30).
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Magic, it’s been Jonathan Isaac, who has averaged 11 points,8.6 rebounds,2.2 blocks,1.6 steals, while the Hawks have gotten solid contributions from Young (21 points,8.0 assists).
It will be a matchup of contrasting paces as the fast-paced Hawks will look to push the more half-court-oriented Magic. The Hawks rank first in possessions per game while the Magic are 27th.
Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Magic, ATS Winner – Magic, O/U – Over
The Magic rank eighth in points off turnovers allowed per game (15.5) while the Hawks rank last (22.8).
Atlanta ranks eighth in fast break points per game (15.6) while Orlando ranks 27th (9.8).
Orlando ranks seventh in assists allowed per game (23.2) while Atlanta ranks 28th (27.6).
Atlanta ranks 14th in rebounds per game (45.2) while Orlando ranks 21st in rebounds allowed per game (45.6).
Atlanta is 7-15 ATS at home, while Orlando is 14-11-2 ATS on the road.
The total has gone under in 16 of the Magic’s 27 road games, while 12 of the Hawks’ 22 home games have gone over.
Orlando is 10-3 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while Atlanta is 3-2.
The Hawks are 17-30 when they score more than 100 points, while the Magic are 20-15.
The Magic rank sixth in three pointers allowed per game (29.6) while the Hawks rank 25th (33.2).
Orlando ranks third in steals allowed per game (7.0) while Atlanta ranks last (10.5).
The Hawks rank sixth in points in the paint per game (51.6) while the Magic rank last (42.5).
The Magic rank fifth in blocks allowed per game (4.5) while the Hawks rank 20th (5.4).
Orlando ranks fourth in second chance points allowed per game (11.3) while Atlanta ranks 28th (14.5).
Atlanta is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Over its past five outings, Orlando is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Hawks’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 5.8, down from 7.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Magic have scored an average of 111.2 points per game (6.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 103.2 points per game (4.3 below their season average).