NBA Pick: Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers ‘over’ 189½

LT Profits Sports Group

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:00 AM GMT

The 76ers and the Magic are both offensively challenged, but the ‘over’ is 21-9 in the last 30 Magic games because the defense has been so bad and Thaddeus Young is back for the 76ers.

It could be a higher scoring game than the low total suggest on Tuesday night when the Orlando Magic (15-41, 6-21 away) pay a visit to the Philadelphia 76ers (22-32, 16-14 home) at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA at 7:05 ET.

The posted total at Pinnacle Sports is 189½ for this contest with the current odds on the ‘over’ set at a positive +100.

Both of these teams are currently on five-game losing streaks with the latest defeat by the 76ers coming to the New York Knicks 99-93 on Sunday night, with Philadelphia covering as 11-point underdogs on the NBA odds and the game going ‘over’ the posted total of 189½, which coincidentally happens to be the exact same total as tonight’s game.

That marked the second straight ‘over’ for the Sixers leaving a perfect 26-26-2 split between the ‘over’ and the ‘under’ in all Philadelphia games this season. Granted the 76ers have been brutal for the most part offensively, ranking 29th out of 30 NBA teams with 92.2 points per game, but at least they have gotten some form of relief with Thaddeus Young returning on Sunday.

Young had missed the previous six games with a hamstring injury and he is averaging 14.9 points per game while leading the club in shooting percentage at a very good 52.0 percent. With Young back in the lineup, the 76ers now have four starters averaging double-digits as he joins All-Star Jrue Holiday (19.2), Evan Turner (14.0) and Nick Young (11.3).

While Thaddeus Young was out, Spencer Hawes, Lavoy Allen, and Kwame Brown all saw increased minutes, which is not an ideal situation with that trio combining for just 18.6 points per game. Thaddeus had 11 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Knicks and did not show any visible signs of being bothered by the hamstring, so his numbers should only go up.

Besides, the Orlando defense can make any offense look like an All-Star team!

The Magic have now lost 17 of their last 18 games following a 118-94 home loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. If you are looking for a silver lining, consider that Tobias Harris (14 points, six rebounds) and Beno Udrih (10 points, seven assists) both played solidly in their Orlando debuts in that game after coming over in a trade from the Milwaukee Bucks and both can provide a bit of a spark to a floundering offense.

As bad as the offense has been, the defense has been at least as bad and it is the reason that the ‘over’ is an amazing 21-9 on the last 30 Orlando games despite the fact that the Magic are ranked 25th in the NBA in scoring! That defense is allowing 99.8 points per game while ranking 22nd in field goal percentage allowed for the season at 46.1 percent, it is allowing 104..6 points per game over those last 30 games and its is allowing an average of 106.0 points in the last five games.

Thus, go ‘over’ again in the City of Brotherly Love on Tuesday.

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NBA Pick: Magic, 76ers ‘over’ 189½ (+100)