Heat vs Magic Prediction - NBA Picks 12/20/23

Orlando Magic (16-9) vs Miami Heat (15-12)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)

Betting Odds: Orlando Magic -5.5 -- Over/Under: 219.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic duke it out at the Amway Center on Wednesday night. Here’s a Heat vs Magic Prediction.

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat have been in decent shape as they've won three of their last five games, but they will be hoping to bounce back here after falling painfully short to the Timberwolves in a 112-108 loss on Monday. Tyler Herro led the team with 25 points on 10 of 18 shooting, Bam Adebayo added 22 points with six rebounds and six assists while Jimmy Butler chipped in with 15 points and five assists. As a team, the Heat shot 47 percent from the field and 11 of 30 from the 3-point line as they dominated the first half to build an early 17-point lead, but then they went ice-cold and got outscored by 58-42 in the second half to finish on the wrong side of the scoreboard.

Miami Heat Player Facts

  • Bam Adebayo ranks 28th amongst qualified players for FG% (51.6%) this season.
  • Tyler Herro is one of only 125 players in the league shooting at least 85% from the free-throw line this season.

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Orlando Magic

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have cooled off a bit lately as they've lost four of their last six games overall and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after getting routed by the Celtics in a 114-97 road loss on Sunday. Paolo Banchero led the team with 36 points and 10 rebounds on 14 of 30 shooting, while Jalen Suggs added 13 points, but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Magic shot just 38 percent from the field and 11 of 36 from the 3-point line, but they were always fighting an uphill battle after allowing the Celtics to dominate the second quarter by 34-19. Franz Wagner had a rough game as he scored just eight points on three of 14 shooting while Cole Anthony scored just six points on two of eight shooting off the bench.

Orlando Magic Player Facts

  • Jalen Suggs ranks 4th amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.7) this season.
  • Paolo Banchero ranks 35th amongst qualified players for points per game (21.0) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Magic rank T1st in the league for Q2 win percentage this season (76.0%).
  • The Magic rank 2nd in the league for opponent assists per game this season (23.2).
  • The Heat rank 30th in the league for blocks per game this season (3.1).
  • The Heat rank 1st in the league for three-point percentage this season (39.0%).

Heat vs Magic Prediction

The Heat are going to be shorthanded here with Jimmy Butler already ruled out and Kevin Love listed as questionable with an illness, while the Magic are still missing Markelle Fultz and they are keeping an eye on Joe Ingles who is questionable. The Heat have been in decent shape and they're starting to get some players back in the lineup, but they will be missing Butler in this one which could spell trouble against this underrated Magic team who are looking to get back into form. The line is a bit heftier than I thought it would be, but the Magic have been rock-solid at home so far this season, winning 11 of their first 13 games and I think that trend continues here as the Magic get the win and cover here.

Peter’s Pick Orlando -5.5

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