The Atlanta Hawks (47-40 SU, 41-46 ATS, 35-52 O/U) will look to close the door on the Orlando Magic (54-33 SU, 36-50-1 ATS, 35-50-2 O/U) and oust their Southeast divisional rivals from the playoffs when they meet at Philips Arena in Atlanta for tonight’s Game 6 showdown.
Orlando at Atlanta 7:30 PM ET
TV: NBA TV
Key Head-to-Head Trends
• Under is 18-6 in the last 24 meetings in Atlanta.
• Home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
• Underdog is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
• Magic are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Atlanta.
Analysis: The Hawks are coming off a dismal 101-76 pounding that Orlando laid on them in their Game 5 matchup on Tuesday.
The Hawks got 22 points from Josh Smith but shot just 36.2 percent from the field in the loss while getting double-digit scoring from just one other player in the loss (Marvin Williams).
Orlando got just eight points from Dwight Howard but got double-digit scoring from three players, including a team-high 17 points from shooting guard Jason Richardson. The Magic easily cashed in against the online pro basketball betting odds as a 7-point home favorite.
Prediction: I’m going to make my expert online pro basketball betting selection short and sweet on this contest, mostly because I think the Atlanta Hawks are virtual ‘locks’ to win this closeout contest and cash in against the pro basketball betting odds as an inexplicable home underdog.
The Hawks have won four consecutive home games over the Magic, including both of their home games in this first round playoff series. I like the often-dysfunctional Hawks to pull off the SU win while easily cashing in against the online pro basketball betting odds for the ninth time in their L/10 games against their division rivals.
Orlando has gone 0-4 ATS in their L/4 road games against the Hawks and a pitiful 1-8 against the online pro basketball betting odds in their last nine games against the Hawks overall.
Even without those impressive ATS trends, I like the Hawks to roll all over the equally-dysfunctional, Magic, who lost their ‘elite’ status well before the postseason ever got underway.
Play the Atlanta Hawks to get the win and close out the Orlando Magic while covering the online pro basketball betting odds as a surprising home underdog.
Pro Basketball Betting Pick: Atlanta Hawks +1.5 Points