Orlando Magic and basketball betting

November 30, 2010 NBA Basketball

Basketball betting has the Orlando Magic favored at Washington on Saturday in a game that can be seen on NBA-TV.

The Wizards upset the Magic last month in NBA betting so this is a revenge game for Orlando.  Here is a look at this matchup on Saturday night between Orlando and Washington.

Basketball betting has seen the Magic win 7 of the last 10 against the Wizards and cover the spread in six of the ten.  Washington did win 92-91 at Orlando and that was a major shock considering the Magic were 13-point favorites in that game.   The Wizards also won 104-97 at home against Orlando back in January.  Normally it is Orlando that controls Washington but this season that has not been the case.  Eight of the last ten in this series have gone under the basketball betting total. The Magic went 4-0 last season against the Wizards.

It should be noted that Washington actually had some players earlier this season that could impact the NBA betting odds.  They don’t have many now.  In the earlier victory this season the Wizards had Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison.  Washington has very few scoring options now.  Most people would not even recognize any of the players in Washington’s starting lineup. That is how bad things have gotten for the Wizards this season.

Orlando is 16-16-1 vs. the basketball betting odds on the road this season. The Magic have the 6th best defense in the league and their offense is pretty good at 11th in the NBA.  The Magic have Dwight Howard and Vince Carter and they also have other players like Jameer Nelson and Rashad Lewis who can make an impact.

Washington has won more than 20 games this season but there is not a lot to like about the Wizards anymore.  They have a poor offense and very few players who can impact a game.  The Wizards have been very poor against the basketball betting point spread in home games this season.  There is simply very little to like about the Wizards even when they are playing at home.  They traded away their best players and it appears they are hoping to have money to make a splash in free agency for next season.  Why a top player would want to come to Washington is the question since the Wizards really don’t have any marquee players.

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