The Nuggets are trying to get the second seed in the Eastern Conference while Orlando is the second seed in the Eastern Conference. The Magic are favored in basketball odds in this marquee game.
NBA odds should be exciting since the Nuggets and Magic have split their last ten meetings both straight up and against the spread. The edge goes to Orlando since they are at home and because Denver is in the fourth game of a five-game road trip. The Nuggets end the trip tomorrow in Dallas for what is a huge game. It is hard to ever have look-ahead when you are playing the Magic but the game at Dallas tomorrow is one of the most important of the season for the Nuggets since they are battling Dallas for the second seed in the Western Conference.
This is the second and final meeting between the Nuggets and Magic this season. Denver routed the Magic 115-97 at home in January. The Magic have won four of the last five at home against Denver in this series. Even though the game in January went over the total, four of the last five between the Nuggets and Magic have gone under the NBA odds.
Denver has not been very good this season on the road vs. the basketball odds. That is a concern since the Nuggets will need to play very well to beat the Magic in Orlando. Denver has the third best offense in the league but their defense is just 22nd. Denver is more successful at home with that potent offense than they are on the road. It takes defense to win consistently on the road and Denver doesn’t play much.
Orlando has been solid at home this season vs. the NBA odds. The Magic are led as normal by Dwight Howard but they have other players who can impact a game. Vince Carter, Rashad Lewis and Jameer Nelson can all score. The Magic are actually 10th in the league on offense and that makes them a very good team considering they are 6th best on defense. They will have to contain Carmelo Anthony in this game. Anthony is averaging 29 points per game for the Nuggets this season.
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