The Orlando Magic will try and stay alive in their series against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night in basketball betting.
The Magic routed the Hawks on Tuesday night but the Hawks still lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. The Magic are slight favorites in NBA basketball betting on Thursday at SBG even though they are on the road.
Magic -2, total 178
It is really hard to know what to expect on Thursday night in this NBA basketball betting game. Both teams are so schizophrenic that anything is possible. The Hawks looked really good going up 3-1 in the series and then totally laid an egg in Game 5 in Orlando. It is really hard to trust either one of these teams. The winner of this series is likely to get routed in the next round by Chicago although Orlando would at least make things interesting. The Magic have more talent but they don’t always play smart while the Hawks are poorly coached and have players who ran their last head coach out of town. Atlanta sometimes comes to play but you never know when that is going to be. The Hawks simply were not ready to play in Game 5 and they were blown off the court. That goes to coaching and to players who simply thing of themselves. Maybe Atlanta shows up on Thursday night and plays well against Atlanta but who knows.
When the Magic are shooting the ball well they are a tough team to beat. They shot the ball well on Tuesday and routed Atlanta. Orlando head coach Stan Van Gundy said that the first four games were an aberration and what happened on Tuesday is what normally happens with his team. The Magic didn’t get much out of Dwight Howard but they didn’t need much. When the Magic win games they shoot well from the outside and Howard controls the game on the boards.
In this series, the Magic are 0-4 in basketball betting in the last 4 meetings in Atlanta. The Magic are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Magic are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games as a favorite. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog. The Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. In this series, the Under is 20-6 in the last 26 meetings.