Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets - 12/18/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets - 12/18/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets (21-8) vs Orlando Magic (5-24)

Game Info: Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)

Betting Odds: Brooklyn Nets -2.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Orlando Magic invade the Barclays Center to do battle with the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

The Orlando Magic have been ice-cold lately as they’ve lost 14 of their past 15 games overall and they will be hoping to put an end to a seven-game slide after falling short to the Heat in a 115-105 loss last night. Franz Wagner led the team with 27 points, six rebounds and four assists, Gary Harris added 20 points with five assists while Chuma Okeke and Robin Lopez each scored 18 points. As a team, the Magic shot 48 percent from the field and 11 of 32 from the 3-point line as they fell behind by double-digits early after allowing the Heat to amass 66 points in the first half and they didn’t make any inroads in the second half where they fell behind by as many as 18 points.

Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets have been in great form as they’ve won 11 of their past 14 games and they will be eager to build on their current four-game win streak after beating the 76ers in a 114-105 home win on Thursday. Kevin Durant led the team with 34 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists on 13 of 24 shooting, Blake Griffin and Nicolas Claxton each scored 17 points while Patty Mills chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Nets shot 49 percent from the field and 11 of 23 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates with 39 points in the first quarter to take an 18-point lead into halftime, before closing the game on an 11-2 run in the final 1:46 to escape with the win after the 76ers rallied to tie the scores late.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Magic are 1-5 ATS in their last six games playing on zero days’ rest and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Nets are 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games and 19-8 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a losing record.

Head to head, the over is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Brooklyn, the Magic are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall and the Magic are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Brooklyn.

The Magic have been struggling with a long list of injuries lately and they will once again be without key players Cole Anthony, Mo Bamba, Terrence Ross, Jalen Suggs, and Jonathan Isaac. The Nets will also be without a bunch of key players including Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Paul Millsap and LaMarcus Aldridge. It’s always tough to pick games when both teams are missing so many key players, which is why the line is so short, but I’m more comfortable taking the Nets at home with the Magic playing this one on zero days’ rest.  

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Peter’s Pick Brooklyn -2.5

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