Orlando Magic at Miami Heat - 12/26/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Orlando Magic at Miami Heat - 12/26/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat (20-13) vs Orlando Magic (7-26)

Game Info: Sunday, December 26, 2021 at 3:30 pm (FTX Arena)

Betting Odds: Miami Heat -8.5 -- Over/Under: 207 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Orlando Magic pay a visit to the Miami Heat at the FTX Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The Orlando Magic have been in poor form as they’ve lost eight of their past 10 games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling short to the Pelicans in a 110-104 home loss on Thursday. Cole Anthony steered the offense with 22 points and 11 assists, Gary Harris added 22 points on nine of 14 shooting, Franz Wagner scored 20 points while Wendell Carter Jr. chipped in with 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. As a team, the Magic shot 43 percent from the field and nine of 32 from the 3-point line as they struggled to get going and scored just 17 points in the first quarter to trail by as many as 20 points early, which just kept them fighting from behind the rest of the way. No bench player scored more than eight points while Chuma Okeke scored just six points on three of nine shooting.

Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have been in great form as they’ve won six of their past eight games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after outlasting the Pistons in a 115-112 home win on Thursday. Tyler Herro led the team with 29 points off the bench, Max Struss added 26 points on 10 of 18 shooting, Kyle Lowry added 21 points with six assists while Gabe Vincent chipped in with 15 points and seven assists. As a team, the Heat shot 48 percent from the field and 12 of 32 from the 3-point line as they clawed their way back from a 14-point deficit, before having to close the game on a 13-5 run in the final 2:54 to escape with the narrow win.  

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Looking at the betting trends, the Magic are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a loss and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games playing on two days’ rest. The Heat are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games playing on two days’ rest and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games against a team with a losing road record.

Head to head, the Magic are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Miami.

The Magic could be severely shorthanded in this one as Cole Anthony and Wendell Carter Jr. are both listed as day to day, while the Heat have ruled out Kyle Lowry while PJ Tucker and Jimmy Butler are both listed as questionable. Both teams are missing key players, but the Heat have done well in their last two games despite playing shorthanded and they could receive a boost as Tucker or Butler could return here. I think the Heat should be good enough to get the job done at home in this spot.

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