Points Could Be At A Premium In Magic-Heat Tuesday

Matthew Jordan

Monday, December 3, 2018 2:29 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 2:29 PM UTC

With the Orlando Magic on the end of a long road trip and the Miami Heat concluding a long homestand, well, the intangibles seem to favor Miami on Tuesday night. Bet confidently with tips from SBRpicks.com.

Orlando (11-12, 9-14 O/U) at Miami (9-13 SU, 13-9 O/U)Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. ETFree NBA Pick: UnderBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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It apparently is going to be a very long sports year in the state of Florida. In baseball, the Rays were better than expected but missed the playoffs, while the Marlins sucked as expected. In the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars are the biggest disappointments in the AFC, the Bucs stink in the NFC and the Dolphins are just meh. Florida State and Miami both hugely underachieved in college football.

This writer rather doubts that either Florida NBA team makes the playoffs. The Miami Heat had a chance to get Jimmy Butler before the season but balked at Minnesota’s demands – and now Butler is thriving in Philadelphia and likely to re-sign there. The longest winning streak for the well-under .500 Heat? Two games. The Orlando Magic haven’t been good in years, did start this season off OK but might be fading.

It’s the second meeting of the season between the Magic and Heat as they opened the year against one another in Orlando with the hosts winning 104-101. A 9-0 fourth-quarter run spurred by two dunks and a blocked shot by rookie Mo Bamba was the difference for Orlando. Aaron Gordon had 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, who won despite going without a field goal over the final 4 1/2 minutes. Goran Dragic led Miami with 26 points.

The Magic have lost nine of the last 14 meetings at home in the series but have split the past eight in Miami. The Heat are 35-22 all-time at home in the series.

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Magic Finish Trip

Not sure what Orlando will have left in the tank as this concludes a six-game road trip, but at least the Magic have been off since winning 99-85 on Friday night in Phoenix. Nikola Vucevic, who is having an All-Star-caliber season, had 25 points and 15 rebounds, his fourth game in a row with at least 20 points. The first five games of this Orlando road trip were all out west (lost in Denver, won at Lakers, lost in Oakland, lost in Portland).

The Heat are on the opposite side as they are concluding a four-game homestand before heading out on a six-game trip through the Western Conference – Miami could really be buried in the standings by the time that ends on Dec. 16 in New Orleans.

The team won its second straight Sunday, 102-100 over Utah – rallying from down as many as 19. Dwyane Wade hit two free throws with 3.2 seconds left, and Donovan Mitchell missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds for Miami.

Few teams are as banged up as the Heat with Dragic (knee), Tyler Johnson (hamstring), Derrick Jones Jr. (hamstring) and Dion Waiters (ankle surgery recovery) all out. Rodney McGruder, one of the team’s best defenders, left Sunday’s win with a sprained right ankle. Justice Winslow likely would slide into the starting five if McGruder can’t go. Johnson has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday, but Dragic and Waiters are for sure out.

  • Under is 11-4 in Magic last 15 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Under is 6-2 in Heat last 8 overall.

We favor the ‘under’ over any side NBA pick here. Heat are missing a ton of offense and both teams are Top 11 in points allowed this season (and bottom 10 in points scored). The ‘under’ is 4-1 in Miami’s past five at home.

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