The teams have split their last ten meetings overall although they Magic have the slight 6-4 edge in NBA betting odds.
Basketball betting on the Spurs has not been as successful this season as in the past. San Antonio is simply not as strong a team as in past years. The Spurs have not played the Magic in more than a year and they didn’t fare very well at Orlando as they lost 105-98. Even though the Magic have won the last two games, they have lost 11 of the last 16 in the series. The Magic have lost six of the last nine matchups at home, and 14 of the last 17 on the road against the Spurs. Orlando is likely to have more success in this game.
The Spurs are likely to make the playoffs but it has not been a happy season for San Antonio. They have had injuries all season and they are going to be without Tony Parker. Losing your starting guard makes it difficult to win games, especially on the road. The Spurs have a losing record in basketball betting on the road this season. San Antonio can still play tough defense as they are 7th in the league in fewest points allowed. The concern for the Spurs is an offense that is just 14th in the league. Without Parker they are even weaker on offense and not as much of a threat in NBA betting. The Spurs don’t seem to have the chemistry or the talent to really make a serious playoff run this season even if they get Parker back.
Orlando is rolling towards the playoffs and they are always a threat to cover in basketball betting. The Magic have a potent offensive lineup led by Dwight Howard and Vince Carter. Orlando has moved up to 10th best in the league in points scored per game. While Orlando can score, their defense is even better. They are 4th best in the NBA in fewest points allowed this season. Whenever a team can play solid defense they can win in basketball betting, at home or on the road. Orlando is likely to finish behind Cleveland in the Eastern Conference but the Magic are very capable of making another run to the NBA Finals.