Perfect 10s: Magic, Suns Provide Solid Value as Double-Digit Dogs

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Charles Stark

Monday, March 5, 2018 3:13 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 5, 2018 3:13 PM UTC

Two interconference games on tonight's NBA schedule appear to be mismatches. Orlando (at Utah) and Phoenix (at Miami) are huge underdogs, but can they hang within the number?

Monday NBA: Magic vs. JazzFree NBA Pick: Magic +10Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Orlando comes into this contest winning their last two games, but this will be a much different game on the road, and host Utah is a solid -10 favorite on the NBA odds board. For my NBA pick I will gladly take Orlando plus the points, as I like how they match up with Utah on both sides of the ball. In their past three games Orlando has been averaging 108.7 points, and this season they have been really good on the road percentage-wise. When they travel, the Magic shoot 46.2 percent overall, which is actually a touch better than Utah at home. As well, they shoot a respectable 36.9 percent from distance, and that is not only better than their average on the season but also better than Utah at home. Utah is one of the best defensive teams in the league but they are allowing opponents to shoot 45.8 percent on the season, ranking right in the middle of the NBA. With Orlando getting a little bit healthy they should be able to hang and make this game interesting.

Monday NBA: Suns vs. HeatFree NBA Pick: Suns +10Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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These teams haven’t met since the beginning of the season, and Miami is a big -10 favorite in this spot on the NBA odds board. With my NBA picks, however, I will take Phoenix with the points. Although Phoenix has been one of the worst teams in the NBA, I think they catch Miami in a good spot and their road numbers are actually pretty decent. Phoenix is shooting 44.1 percent overall and 33.3 percent from distance this season, but those numbers don’t really change on the road (44 and 33.6 percent, respectively). Miami has solid home numbers offensively but in their last three games they have given up an average of 109.3 points, which could spell a bit of trouble for them against a Phoenix team that can get up and down the floor. Phoenix recently has been dominating the paint, averaging 54 points per game in the interior, and this is a spot they might be able to exploit against Miami, which is more of a perimeter team. Across the board Miami is the better defensive team, but this point spread is just too big.

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