Free NBA Picks: Add Thunder & 'Over' Against Slumping Magic Team

Kevin Stott

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 1:11 PM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 1:11 PM GMT

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be facing a slumping Orlando Magic side. Who will be our free NBA pick for tonight?

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Final Score Prediction: Thunder 127   Magic 97
NBA Picks: Thunder -12.5 & Over 211½
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Orlando Magic vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
The slumping Orlando Magic (21-26 SU, 8-15 Road) head to the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night to face the Thunder (37-13 SU, 23-5 Home) in this somewhat lackluster inter-conference showdown and second and final of two meetings between these teams this NBA Regular Season. Offshore NBA odds makers have opened up the host Thunder as huge 13-point favorites (Pinnacle) with the game’s Total (Points) set at 211½ (Pinnacle) while the Money Line (Winner) odds here see Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City priced as -1,400 favorites with the Magic lined at +850 on the take-back (at TheGreek). The Oklahoma City Thunder Team Total Points has been set at 112½ (-120, Ladbrokes) with the Orlando Magic Team Total Points opening up at 99 (BetVictor) while the 1st Half odds see the Thunder as 7-point favorites (-125, Winner).

 

Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic (25-21-1 ATS, 12-10-1 ATS Road) have hit a patch of Black Ice and are spinning out of control now and are just 1-9 SU over their L10 games after losing to the Spurs in San Antonio on Monday night, 107-92 as LaMarcus Aldridge poured in a season-high 28 points for the winners and hosts who stayed undefeated (24-0) at Home at the AT&T Center this season. In the Loss, the Magic played decent for Head Coach Scott Skiles as Orlando (99.0 AF-100.4 AA) and had four starters end up in double-figures in C Nikola Vucevic (20 points), SG Victor Oladipo (19 points), PF Aaron Gordon (12 points, 16 rebounds) and SF Tobias Harris (11 points) while PF Elfrid Payton added 6 points. Orlando only trailed the spurs, 75-70 at the end of 3 Quarters (the Spurs outscored the Magic 36-26 in the 4th Quarter) but poor shooting helped result in the Loss as Orlando (1,000/1 to win NBA Title, Ladbrokes) was just 39-for-96 from the field (40.6%) and 5-for-17 from 3-point range (29.4%). PF Channing Frye (7 points, 6 rebounds) led the scoring off the Magic Bench while PG Evan Fournier (5 points) and Mario Hezonja (4 points) chipped in for this team which has now fallen all the way down to 12th place in the Eastern Conference. Bishop Gorman High School-product and PG CJ Watson (Calf) is Out Indefinitely and is the only Injury concern for Head Coach Skiles and the Magic.

 

Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder (20-30-0 ATS, 14-14-0 ATS at Home) and Head Coach Scott Brooks are the antithesis of the Orlando Magic right now, having W9 of their L10 SU and W4 in a row after beating John Wall and the Washington Wizards on Monday night here at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, 114-98 as superstar Russell Westbrook notched his 7th Triple-Double of the season, scoring 17 points, taking down 13 rebounds and handing out 11 assists in the victory. The Triple-Double was UCLA-product Westbrook’s second straight and 4th in the Thunder’s L10 games and Oklahoma City is now 22-4 when Westbrook has a Triple-Double. Starting teammates SF Kevin Durant (28 points, 9 rebounds), PF Serge Ibaka (19 points, 10 rebounds) and C Steven Adams (10 points) were all in double-figures for the victors. The Thunder (9/1 to win NBA Title, bet365), which shot an impressive 43-83 (51.8%) from the field, also got 14 points from backup C Enes Kanter off the Bench. Chasing the Golden State Warriors (44-4) and the San Antonio Spurs (40-8) in the Western Conference this season certainly ain’t easy, but Westbrook, Durant, Ibaka and the Thunder are doing a pretty good job of it right now. PG Cameron Payne (Concussion) is listed as Questionable for this game while SG Andre Roberson (Knee) is expected to return for Oklahoma City later this month.

 

Series Trends, Logical Reasoning and Picks
Nikola Vucevic (16.7 ppg, 8.9 rpg) and the Magic have fared very well against the number in this series of late, going 8-2 ATS in the L10 meetings and covering 6 of the L7 meetings, including the first one this Regular Season which saw the Thunder top the Magic, 139-136 in OT in Orlando earlier this season at the Amway Center in Orlando (Oct. 30), with the Magic covering as 7½-point Home underdogs (Total 206½). The Total in this series is 5-5 ATS over the L10 but the L2 played here in the Sooner State have gone Under. It really seems that this handicap may be simplified by taking the team that is playing good basketball (9-1 SU L10) and can score in bunches against a team that is not playing good basketball (1-9 SU L0) and which is just 4-12 ATS in their L16 games overall. So, recent Trends be damned? Yes ma’am. With Westbrook (9.9 assists) on such a roll of late, Durant (27.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg) his usual prolific self and the rest of the Oklahoma City Roster contributing and confident, this one could get real ugly, real quick. Take OKC as the NBA pick tonight

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