NBA Picks for Magic vs. Nuggets

Steven Suarez

Saturday, January 11, 2014 2:06 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 2:06 PM UTC

The in-form Nuggets, winners of four in a row, will try to extend their streak with a home game against the struggling Magic.

Odds Overview

One of the biggest favorites of the day, alongside Oklahoma City (-13.5 vs. Milwaukee), Portland (-12 vs. Boston) and Toronto (-9.5 vs. Brooklyn) will be the Nuggets.

Right now the NBA odds have Denver favored by 11.5 points. On the year the Nuggets are 18-17 SU and 16-19 ATS, with the Magic at 10-26 SU and 15-21 ATS.

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Orlando Magic

The new year hasn't been too kind to the Magic so far. They've yet to win in 2014 and have lost six consecutive games ahead of tonight's tipoff.

This West Coast road trip has been a complete disaster, with Orlando losing by 16+ points to the Clippers, Trail Blazers and Kings so far. Last night they lost 83-103 in Sacramento as seven-points dogs.

Glen Davis had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the loss, while Arron Afflalo, Tobias Harris, Victor Oladipo and Glen Davis all scored in double figures as well. Orlando though shot a horrific 33.3 percent from the field and were outscored 48-24 in the paint.

Let's see if they can finally get on the winning side during this lengthy trip. We're not holding our breath though, considering most of the Magic's issues have been on the road, where they're 3-15 SU (9-9 ATS).

Injury wise, Afflalo picked up a foot knock last night and is currently listed as questionable, while starting center Nikola Vucevic is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Denver Nuggets

One of the streakiest teams in the NBA, the Nuggets will take a four-game winning streak into tonight's game.

During the run, they've found their offensive rhythm. They beat Memphis (110-108), Oklahoma City (101-88) and Boston (129-98) at home while also getting the best of the LA Lakers in a 137-115 blowout win.

Thursday's victory over the Thunder was the most impressive, with Denver cashing as three-point home underdogs.

The Nuggets got off to a great start and never looked back, wrapping the game up after three quarters. They shot 41.1 percent overall, but were on fire from beyond the arc, connecting on 14-of-31 (45.2 percent) of their threes.

Randy Foye hit six of those threes en route to 24 points, while Ty Lawson did a little of everything, putting up 16 points, 14 assists, seven rebounds and three steals. Evan Fournier made the most of his limited time off the bench, scoring 19 points in close to 18 minutes of action.

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NBA Pick

We're not going near this spread and instead will take the OVER as one of our NBA picks for Saturday night.

The Nuggets have been extremely effective offensively lately, averaging 116.0 points per game on 47.9 percent shooting over their last five games. Lawson seems to be finding his best level again and Denver is getting some really good production out of their bench as well.

While Orlando has struggled on the offensive end of the court, they should fare a lot better against a Denver team that's allowing 104.6 PPG in those same five matchups. Surely the Magic won't shoot under 35 percent from the floor again.

Coming in, the OVER is 4-1 in the Nuggets' last five games overall, and we see it hitting again tonight.


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