The Atlanta Hawks (14-20) travel to face off against the Orlando Magic (20-15) on Sunday, January 7th. This game will be played at Kia Center. The Magic are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Hawks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Nuggets. Tip-off is set for 6:00 ET.
Hawks vs Magic
The Hawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Hawks were defeated by the Pacers in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 150-116. Despite being behind at halftime 78-54, the Hawks picked up the win.
So far this season, the Hawks have an overall record of 14-20 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. When playing on the road, the Hawks are 9-11 compared to 5-9 at home.
Atlanta comes in with an overall ATS record of 8-26 so far this season. This season, Atlanta has a 3-13 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 5-13 as underdogs.
The Magic Are Coming Off A Win
In the Magic’s most recent game against the Nuggets, Paolo Banchero led the Magic with 32 points while going 8/21 from the field. Jalen Suggs also contributed 27 points as the Magic won by a score of 122-120 vs. the Nuggets.
The Magic are 2-3 in their last five games and have an overall record of 20-15. In the Eastern Conference, the Magic are 6th and are 2nd in the Southeast division.
Orlando has an overall ATS record of 24-11 as they come into today’s game. This season, Orlando has a 9-3 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 15-8 when playing as underdogs.
Hawks Offense Breakdown
Today, the Hawks enter the game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring teams, averaging 122.6 points per game (3rd). The Hawks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.2 made 3’s per game. If the Atlanta offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.
Magic Offense Breakdown
Through 35 games games, Orlando is averaging 113.8 points per game (19th). Coming into today’s game, the Magic will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.7 made 3’s per game. If the Orlando offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 14.3 turnovers per game.
Hawks Team Defense
On defense, the Hawks come into the game ranked 28th in the league in points allowed at 123.9 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 138 points per contest (29th). In their previous game, the Hawks’ defense struggled against the Pacers, giving up 150 points on a field goal percentage of 43%.
Magic Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Magic’s defense is giving up an average of 112.0 points per contest. Inside the arc, the Magic defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 54.6% and 35.9% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Hawks And Magic
In today’s game, we anticipate Trae Young leading the scoring for the Hawks, contributing 26 points while shooting 8/19 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 27.7 points per game, in addition to 3 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Paolo Banchero to be the top scorer for the Magic. Our projection has him finishing the game with 20, and he is expected to secure 7 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 46.2% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 22.7 points per game.
Hawks vs Magic Trends
- Across their five previous road games, Atlanta has an ATS mark of 1-4. Their straight up record in these matchups was 2-3 while averaging 121 points per game.
- In their last five home games, Orlando has averaged 121 points per game while allowing 122. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-3 while going 4-1.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Magic have gone 4-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 2-3.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Hawks have gone 2-8 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 6-4.
Our bet is on the Hawks for a win, and we project the score to be 116-109. Additionally, we expect them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to wager on the Hawks with the spread at -1.5.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 239.5 and our model has the Hawks and Magic finishing with a combined 225 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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