Despite winning Game 1 on Sunday, the 76ers aren't getting any respect. Philadelphia plus the points is the winner tonight in Orlando against the Magic.
The Sixers enter Wednesday's Game 2 once again an undeservedly heavy underdog to the Magic. After Sunday's 100-98 victory, the oddsmakers still gave the Sixers no love for their efforts.
Forward Andre Iguodala led the Sixers to a win in Game 1 with his 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. His 20-foot jump shot with two seconds remaining propelled Philadelphia to the narrow victory. The good news for Sixers bettors is that underdogs are 24-11 ATS in the the last 35 meetings of this series.
The Magic were stunned after blowing an 18-point third quarter lead in Game 1. If Orlando is to cover this gargantuan spread in this spot, they will need a better performance from their top three players. Forward Hedo Turkoglu was completely irrelevant in Game 1 scoring just six points, and he lofted a massive brick while taking Orlando's last shot of the contest.
Also of note is the eye injury to center Dwight Howard who is listed as probable for Game 2. No doubt he'll play, but it could hamper his production. Orlando has reached 100 points just once in their last 10 overall after averaging 101.3 PPG during the regular season.
The Sixers will cover this spread once again and could possibly walk away with another narrow victory come Wednesday night. The Magic are a team in complete disarray after Sunday's loss and with Turkoglu not at full strength they're in deep trouble. Orlando has every reason to come out angry and cover this spread, but Philly's game and will fight the Magic tooth and nail. Grab the heaping load of points with confidence!
Free Pick: 76ers +10½ (-110)