NBA Pick: Orlando Magic -1 over Sacramento Kings

LT Profits Sports Group

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 5:00 AM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 5:00 AM UTC

The Kings are in a brutal scheduling spot, coming back with no rest after a fast paced double overtime loss to the Miami Heat last night. Even the Magic should be able to take advantage.

Fatigue could befell the road team on what would already be a letdown spot even under normal circumstances Wednesday night when the Sacramento Kings (19-39, 5-26 away) pay a visit to the Orlando Magic (16-41, 9-20 home) at the Amway Center, Orlando, FL at 7:05 ET.

The point spread at 5 Dimes has Orlando as a tiny favorite for this contest with the current line at -1 with odds of -105.

You will not find many worse situational spots than the Kings are in tonight over the course of the season, and even a team as bad as the Magic should be able to take advantage. You see Sacramento visited the hottest team in the world last night in the Miami Heat and gave them all that they can handle in a 141-129 double overtime loss as a 15-point underdog!

Now having to play a cellar dweller like the Magic after facing the defending World Champions would already be an obvious letdown spot for the Kings, but now you can add in coming back with no rest after a fast-paced double overtime game while leaving everything on the floor in what was probably Sacramento’s most inspired effort of the season. We are afraid that the Kings should be drained both physically and emotionally when facing Orlando this evening.

Also, as inspiring as last night’s outing was, do not lose sight of the fact that the Kings have lost six straight games overall and nine straight games on the road, where they are now just 5-26 this season.

The Kings also continue to have major issues defensively, ranking dead last in the NBA in points allowed with 104.9 per game and second to last in field goal percentage allowed at 47.1 percent. Furthermore, Sacramento is allowing 106.2 points per game when playing with no rest this season and that is following normal regulation games and not emotional double OT games vs. the best team in the league.

The Magic have obviously had their struggles, but they are coming off of a rare 98-84 road win in Philadelphia last night where they had six players score in double-digits. That included all five starters led by Arron Afflalo with 16 points and those 16 points were matched by new acquisition Tobias Harris coming off the bench, who also added seven rebounds.

Harris was acquired in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks at the trading deadline and he has been very solid on his two games in a Magic uniform, as he had 14 points and six rebounds in his Orlando debut on Saturday. His instant offense and energy have been a welcome relief for a team playing with a depleted roster.

It is not too often that the Magic find themselves in favorable situations like this, so look for them to take advantage of Sacramento’s tired legs, especially in the late stages on Wednesday.


NBA Pick: Magic -1 (-105)

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