Magic Favored in NBA Betting Odds on Monday

November 30th, 2010 NBA Basketball

NBA betting on Monday includes Game 4 in Charlotte as the Bobcats host the Orlando Magic.

The Bobcats have not had much success against the Magic recently and it won’t be easy in basketball betting on Monday even though they are at home.

NBA betting odds favor the Magic as they look to win Game 4 of this playoff series. The Magic have done pretty well at Charlotte through the years straight up but they do not always cover the spread. In the regular season they had won 8 of the last 10 at Charlotte but they were just 4-6 against the spread in those games. In the regular season, the Magic won both games at Charlotte with relative ease.  The Magic won 93-81 in November and 106-95 in January.

The Magic have been one of the best teams in the NBA on the road in recent years. This season they were not great but they still finished above .500 on the road vs. the NBA betting odds.  In the regular season they were 22-18-1 on the road vs. the point spread.  Orlando plays excellent defense and it manifested itself on the road as they Magic were a team that went under the total.  In the regular season, 26 of their 41 road games went under the total.  The Magic were fourth on defense which is not a surprise. What might surprise some people is that Orlando was sixth best in the league on offense.  That offense is a major problem for Charlotte in this series. The Bobcats can play good defense as they were tops in the league but containing Orlando is not easy.

The Bobcats win when they play great defense.  The Bobcats are not a great scoring team so they really have to clamp down on teams to win games.  The Bobcats were 23-18 at home this year during the regular season so they are capable of winning and covering the spread at home.  What is somewhat surprising is that Charlotte actually went over the total in 23 of their 41 home games during the regular season.  That makes the total interesting in this game on Monday night since both teams play excellent defense.  In this series though, the games don’t always go under the total. The first game of this playoff series fell right on the basketball betting number so the oddsmakers had it right.

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