NBA Pick: Orlando Magic -7 over Charlotte Bobcats

LT Profits Sports Group

Friday, January 18, 2013 5:00 AM GMT

The Magic have played much better then their record lately and they now have Glen Davis back and contributing, while the Bobcats are 2-24 since a 7-5 start. Give the points Friday.

There could be an easy double-digit win for the home team on Friday night when the reeling as usual Charlotte Bobcats (9-29, 4-14 away) pay a visit to the Orlando Magic (14-24, 8-12 home) at the Amway Center, Orlando, FL at 7:05 ET.

The point spread at Pinnacle Sports has Orlando as a decided favorite for this contest with the current line at -7 with odds of -105.

It is not too often that we would recommend giving this many points with a team that is 14-24, but the Magic have played much better than their record. For example, they have won two of there last three games with two of the wins coming vs. teams that are leading their division, the first of which came on the road vs. a Los Angeles Clippers team that was tied for the best record in the NBA at the time!

They then beat another division leader in the Indiana Pacers rather handily 97-86 at home in their last game on Wednesday, and the best news of all is that second leading scorer Glen Davis is now back and starting to contribute after missing time with a shoulder injury. Davis recorded 11 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes vs. the Pacers and he will only get better as he gets back into game shape by playing more minutes.

Yes the upset win over the Clippers last weekend snapped a 10-game losing streak for the Magic, but even there Orlando remained competitive despite not having Davis for any of those games, as seven of the 10 losses were by four points or less and only one was by double-digits.

Because the Magic have been in most games, they are currently on a 6-2 ATS run, putting them three games over .500 ATS for the season at 20-17-1 despite being 10 games below .500 straight up.

The Bobcats made NBA history last season by going 7-59, with that .106 winning percentage setting an all time record for futility. Well, Charlotte matched that win total for all of last season in the first 12 games alone this season and things were starting to look up for the franchise while two games over .500 at 7-5.

That is when reality set in as the Bobcats promptly went on a 18-game losing streak which they snapped by upsetting the Chicago Bulls New Year’s Eve, and Charlotte is now 2-24 since that promising start. Much like last season, the Bobcats are struggling on both sides of the ball, ranking 28th out of 30 teams in offensive efficiency and an even worse 29th in defensive efficiency. That is a combination that will lose you a lot of basketball games.

Their most recent fiasco was a 103-76 home loss to the Pacers on Tuesday where the Cats shot 34.7 percent from the floor while allowing an Indiana team that is ranked 29th in the NBA in points scored to top the century mark.

There will not be many times this season when the Magic look considerably better than their opponent, but that appears to be the case here and look for Orlando to take advantage with a double-digit win on Friday.
 
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NBA Pick: Magic -7 (-105)