Unlikely Magic Resurgence
We didn’t think we would ever call the Orlando Magic “red hot” but they are firing ahead of their NBA game against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
Orlando has won six on the bounce and covered the spread in its last seven, so bettors could enjoy snapping up the +7½ betting online spread.
The Eastern Conference Southeast Division game should be exciting and it could come down to the final play.
Magic Dispel Tanking Rumors
Just when we thought the Magic were done at 5-20, they have rattled off six consecutive wins and it hasn’t come against easy opposition.
They got the better of the Clippers, Raptors, Hawks and the Celtics. Their consecutive wins over the Celtics is incredible given their respective records, which included a 95-92 victory on Sunday.
It is their Magic’s longest winning streak since March 2019 and rookie Paulo Banchero is a big reason for that.
“It means a lot to come out in this environment and get two straight wins against that team, a great team,” Banchero said. “I think it means a lot for our confidence going forward. We know we can compete against anybody. We just have to keep the same level of focus.”
Banchero leads the Magic with 21.6 points per game, and despite his level of play and their winning streak, the sportsbook isn’t giving them much respect at +7½. They have already beaten the Hawks 135-124, so they’re confident and ready to give bettors another big effort on Monday.
Hawks Not Taking Flight
The Atlanta Hawks are one of the more frustrating teams to bet on, so bettors taking the -7½, or even the moneyline odds are taking a risk.
The Hawks have failed to cover the spread in three of their last four games and they are 12-18 ATS overall. It’s not ideal, especially for a team with high expectations, but this is what the Hawks showed last season.
They aren’t always focused on regular-season basketball, so bettors take a risk putting their hard-earned money on the Hawks.
They’re looking to turn the tables on a defeat to the Magic, which showcased their lack of defense. They allowed 50 points in the first quarter, which is laughable.
“Giving up 50 points in one quarter is kind of ridiculous,” said Onyeka Okongwu, who came off the bench with 15 points and 11 rebounds. “But that’s the NBA. We’re all here for a reason. Everybody can play, and you’ve got to be ready from the start. We just got ourselves in a big hole and couldn’t get out of it.”
NBA odds have the Hawks too short in the betting, so we expect money to come for the Magic.
Magic vs Hawks Game Injuries
Magic vs Hawks Head-to-Head
The Hawks have a 7-2-1 record against the Magic in the last 10 games, but the most recent game went to the Magic.
They were the +2½ underdogs, but the Hawks are 4-1 ATS in the last five games at home.
The under is 24-8 in the last 32 meetings in Atlanta.
Magic vs Hawks Game Information
- Game: Magic (11-20) vs Hawks (15-15)
- Day/Time: Monday, Dec. 19th, 7.30 p.m. ET
- Location: State Farm Arena, Atlanta
- Magic vs Hawks Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Magic vs Hawks Betting Lines
Magic vs Hawks Picks & Prediction
We can’t take the Hawks given their recent form. There is more momentum with the Magic, and although they’re still a poorly performing team, they are heading in the right direction.
NBA betting markets should take money for the Magic, so it’s best to ride the magic carpet while it’s flying.
It could be a low-scoring contest, so under 230½ is a generous line.
Orlando is listed at +235 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Magic, there’s a chance to win $235. Atlanta is -285, offering a chance to win $35 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Orlando a 29.85% chance to win, with the Hawks at 74.03%.
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Hawks vs Magic Previous Game (Dec. 14, 2022)
Injuries are plaguing the Atlanta Hawks (14-14). They have lost three of their last four games, and the one win took an incredible buzzer-beater in overtime. They will face the Orlando Magic (8-20) on the road Wednesday. The Magic have won three straight.
In their last game, the Hawks faced the Memphis Grizzlies on the second night of a back-to-back, losing 128-103 with four starters out. For the Magic, their solid play continued, beating the Toronto Raptors in two straight games, the most recent 111-99.