76ers Should Turn Matchup with Injury-Plagued Magic into Blowout

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Jordan Sharp

Thursday, March 22, 2018 2:41 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 2:41 PM UTC

Philadelphia visits an Orlando team that is tanking the rest of the season and -- as if things couldn't get any worse -- could be without several players tonight.

Thursday NBA: 76ers vs. MagicFree NBA Pick: 76ers -7½Best Line Offered: Heritage

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The 76ers used to be the laughing stock of the NBA during the Trust the Process days, but the Process has wielded a very successful young core of players. Contrarily, the Magic have been just as bad over the last few years, but all they have to show for it is Aaron Gordon and a lot of nothing.

Tonight, with so many wing players injured, that might continue.

The Magic traded Elfrid Payton at the deadline, so they have very little in the way of ball-handling and tonight they could be without three of their best wings. Evan Fournier is still out, possibly for the rest of the season, while Jonathon Simmons and Jonathan Isaac are doubtful for tonight's game. Against a team such as the Sixers, that’s almost a death sentence.

Philly, a -7.5 road favorite on the NBA odds board, is already a tough matchup with Ben Simmons playing point guard. Against the Magic's undersized backcourt, it’s going to be a dominating performance.

Philly is 4-3 ATS in their last seven road games, and they have won and covered both of this season's meetings with the Magic. With your NBA picks, expect that to continue.

Even with the Sixers coming off a game Wednesday night, they should have little trouble putting away a Magic team that failed to score more than 86 points in each of their last two games. Philly is motivated enough to keep winning games like this to keep their playoff status safe.

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