Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic - 3/13/22 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Orlando Magic (18-50) vs Philadelphia 76ers (40-25)
Game Info: Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 6:00 pm (Amway Center)
Betting Odds: Orlando Magic +13.5 -- Over/Under: 223 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers travel to the Amway Center to take on the Orlando Magic on Sunday night.
The Philadelphia 76ers have been in fine form as they’ve won six of their last eight games overall, but they will be eager to bounce back in this one after getting embarrassed by the Nets in a 129-100 home loss on Thursday. Joel Embiid led the team with 27 points and 12 rebounds, Tobias Harris added 16 points while James Harden chipped in with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists. As a team, the 76ers shot a miserably 32 precent from the field and 14 of 36 from the 3-point line as they came out flat and never looked threatening after getting outscored by a depressing 40-23 in the first quarter. Embiid didn’t have a great night as he shot just five of 17 from the field, but the story of the night was Harden shooting just three of 17 from the field.
Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have been in great shape as they’ve won five of their last eight games overall and they will be aiming for a third straight win after sneaking past the Timberwolves in a 118-110 win on Friday. Mo Bamba led the team with 27 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks, Wendell Carter Jr. added 20 points with 10 rebounds and five assists while Moritz Wagner chipped in with 18 points off the bench. As a team, the Magic shot 46 percent from the field and 16 of 40 from the 3-point line as they got off to a terrible start and trailed by as many as 18 points, but they responded with 36 points in the second quarter and dominated the second half to escape with one of their best wins of the season.
Looking at the betting trends, the 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games against a team below .400 and 5-0 ATS in their last five Sunday games. The Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team above .600 and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall and the 76ers are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
The 76ers will again be without Danny Green, while the Magic are sweating on the availability of Jalen Suggs and Mo Bamba who are both listed as questionable. I’m sure the 76ers will come out firing after getting embarrassed in their last outing, so it’s hard to imagine anything but a win for them here, but the Magic have quietly been playing their best basketball of the season and I think they can hang around long enough to get the cover if Suggs and Bamba are good to go.
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