Basketball betting features the Orlando Magic at the Phoenix Suns on Friday in an ESPN televised game.
It is the last game of a four-game road trip for the Magic. It is also a tough NBA betting situation for the Magic since they had to play last night in Utah.
Basketball betting with the Magic on the road has been very successful the past couple of years. Orlando has been the best team to take on the road in NBA betting and that is continuing this season. Orlando looks even better than a year ago when they went to the NBA Finals.
Phoenix was hot early in the season in basketball betting but they have cooled off recently. The Suns have already lost this basketball betting season to Orlando as they fell in the first meeting this season in Orlando. It was a tough spot for the Suns though as they were in the second night of a back-to-back in basketball betting. The Suns have done very well in basketball betting against the Magic at home, having won straight up the last seven times. Orlando has not won at Phoenix since 2001. In 32 of the 40 games all-time, the Suns have scored 100 or more points. Overall, the Suns are 15-5 at home against Orlando.
In the earlier basketball betting meeting this season in Orlando, the Magic won 122-100 as Dwight Howard scored 25 points. While the Suns have done well at home against the Magic overall, the recent games have been so close that the Magic have covered the NBA betting odds. Last year the Suns won by just a single point, 113-112. The previous season it was by only four points in a 110-106 win. In fact, although the Magic have lost the last four outright at Phoenix they covered the basketball betting pointspread each time. Seven of the last ten in the series have gone over the basketball betting total.
Orlando has been in the Top 10 in scoring and near the Top 5 in defense this season and that is why they are a very good team to take in basketball betting, especially on the road. The Suns are 2nd in the league in scoring but their defense is very weak. That defense is starting to be a problem too, as rarely in basketball betting can a team win solely with offense. Phoenix tried that recipe in the past and at home it can work okay but on the road and in the playoffs you need to play defense to win in NBA betting.