NBA Picks: Magic vs. Hawks

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 1:34 PM GMT

The Atlanta Hawks have dominated the Orlando Magic in recent years, as the two teams prepare to face off for the second time this season Tuesday night. Find out where we believe the best value lies.

Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting lines for this Eastern Conference matchup at Philips Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Problems on defense

Orlando is 1-7 SU/ATS over its last eight games, as it has allowed an average of 104.9 points over that span.

The Magic have dropped their last four contests, including a 104-96 setback to the Phoenix Suns as two-point home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for the third time in four opportunities.

Moving the basketball

Atlanta will look to bounce back from a 94-87 defeat to the Boston Celtics as 9.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for a fifth consecutive contest.

The Hawks are capable of scoring the basketball, as they rank third in the NBA in averaging 25.1 assists per game, which has led to them topping the century mark in nine of 14 affairs.

Scoring is up

NBA handicappers need to realize that the Magic are averaging 98.9 points per game this season, which is up from 94.1 a year ago.

Forward Arron Afflalo is averaging a team-high 21.6 points per game—scoring 20 or more seven times during the 2013-14 campaign.

Dominating the series

The Hawks own an 11-game winning streak in this series, including a 104-94 triumph as 6.5-point home favorites on Nov. 9, while slipping UNDER the betting total of 199.

Atlanta finished that contest with six players scoring in double figures, with point guard Jeff Teague leading the way with 19.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that the readers play the total for their NBA picks, as I believe the early upward movement in the marketplace tells the story.

NBA Pick: Over 199