NBA Picks Hawks vs. Magic +5

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:40 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 12:40 PM GMT

The Atlanta Hawks haven’t played great basketball away from home this season, as they prepare to take on the Orlando Magic Wednesday. Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting lines for this Eastern Conference matchup at the Amway Center.

Coming off a big win

Atlanta snapped a two-game losing streak by picking up a 121-114 victory over the Miami Heat as 4.5-point home underdogs Monday, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.

The Hawks are 2-6 SU and 4-4 ATS off an upset win as an underdog, with no clear advantage in terms of the total (4-4 Over/Under).

Head injury

Orlando has dropped seven of eight games with starting center Nikola Vucevic out with a concussion, including a 101-90 setback to the Brooklyn Nets as nine-point road underdogs Tuesday, while going UNDER the betting total of 193.5.

All five of the Magic’s starters last night were averaging double figures for the season, with forward Arron Afflalo leading the way at 20.9 points a contest.

It’s important to point out that the franchise has failed to cover the number in 10 of its last 12 games overall.

Road woes

NBA handicappers may have an interest in backing the road favorite in this affair, but the Hawks and Suns are the only teams in the league to have an overall winning record and a losing mark when playing away from home.

Atlanta is 10-2 SU and 8-4 ATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons, but only one of those games have come during the 2013-14 campaign.

Getting points

The Magic are 8-13 SU at home this season, including a 6-7 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents, but they’ve covered the number in four of five opportunities when getting 3.5 to 6 points in the NBA odds at this venue.

Orlando may also benefit from the fact that the underdog is 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings in this series, while the UNDER is enjoying a 36-15 run.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers add the Magic to their NBA picks for tonight, as the Hawks are 0-4 ATS on the road versus a team with a losing home record.

NBA Pick: Orlando Magic +5

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