NBA Picks: Thunder vs. Magic

Steven Suarez

Friday, March 22, 2013 12:32 PM GMT

The Magic, who are just 10-25 SU at home, will welcome Kevin Durant and the Thunder to their place this evening. Which way should we go with our NBA picks?
Odds Overview

The Thunder, despite being on the road here, are favored by as many as 12.5 points in the NBA odds. The total is at 208.

All season Oklahoma City has been making serious money ATS. They're an amazing 41-26-2 ATS thus far, while Orlando is at 30-38-1.

Oklahoma City Thunder

How often have we seen Thunder lose two straight games? It doesn't happen a lot. They have fallen short of the mark lately though, losing to Denver at home and then to Memphis on the road.

Two nights ago they had a, tough battle with the Grizzlies losing by one point in overtime.

The Thunder were held to 35.7 percent shooting overall and made only 2-of-18 from the three-point line. Kevin Durant had 32 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while Russell Westbrook, despite connecting on 7-of-25, had 20 points, four boards, three dimes and three steals.

On the road this season, Oklahoma City has gone 20-14 SU and 17-15-2 ATS and they've covered in three of their previous four contests away from home.

One would have to think the Thunder will come out very strong here following a rare losing streak.

Orlando Magic

Losers of five straight, the Magic are now at 18-51 SU on the season, while recording a 30-38-1 ATS mark.

They've been off since Wednesday's 12-point loss to New York in Madison Square Garden. Three of their last four losses have been by double digits, which includes a 95-73 drubbing at the hands of Indiana.

Against the Knicks, five different players scored in double figures in a game where Orlando's starters gave way, for the most part, to the bench.

Kyle O'Quinn had 12 points and 14 rebounds in 25 minutes, while Beno Udrih and Andrew Nicholson combined for 27 points. It was a disastrous showing from Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo, as they totaled 10 points on 3-of-16 shooting between them.

Ahead of tonight, the Magic are 8-22 ATS in their past 30 home contests and 10-21 ATS in their past 31 games overall.

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NBA Pick

Over their last five games, the Thunder have averaged 105.4 PPG on 47.0 percent shooting, but their defense hasn't been bringing it like normal. They're giving up 99.2 PPG in that same span.

Poor defense is something the Magic are very familiar with, having allowed 107.8 PPG over their previous five. 

The OVER has cashed in five of Orlando's last seven at home and in 14 of their past 14 against Western Conference opponents. We think both teams will be scoring at a high clip tonight and will therefore add the OVER to our sports picks.

NBA Picks: OVER 208