Hawks vs Magic Prediction - NBA Picks 1/7/24

Orlando Magic (20-15) vs Atlanta Hawks (14-20)

Game Info: Sunday, January 7, 2024 at 6:00 pm (Kia Center)

Betting Odds: Orlando Magic +1 -- Over/Under: 240 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Orlando Magic play host to the Atlanta Hawks at the Amway Center on Sunday night. Here’s a Magic vs Hawks Prediction.

Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks have been in a slump as they've lost five of their last seven games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back here after getting thrashed by the Pacers in a 150-116 road defeat on Friday. Dejounte Murray led the team with 30 points on 13 of 19 shooting, Bogdan Bogdanovic added 16 points off the bench while Trae Young chipped in with 13 points and six assists. As a team, the Hawks shot just 43 percent from the field and 10 of 42 from the 3-point line as they failed to match the intensity of the Pacers from the start and were just never in the contest after allowing 78 points in a nightmare of a first half.

Atlanta Hawks Player Facts

  • Trae Young ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for assists per game (11.1) this season.
  • Clint Capela ranks 3rd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (10.7) this season.

Orlando Magic

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have been in bit of a rut as they've lost four of their last six games overall, but they will be looking to get going now after sneaking past the red-hot Nuggets in a 122-120 upset road win on Friday. Paolo Banchero led the team with a triple-double of 32 points with 10 rebounds and 11 assists, Jalen Suggs added 27 points, Cole Anthony provided the spark off the bench with 23 points while Moritz Wagner chipped in with 19 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, the Magic shot 50 percent from the field and 17 of 36 from the 3-point line as they got off to a slow start and trailed in this one by 18 points, before they rallied back in the second half to steal the game on a pair of clutch free throws from Banchero with just 9.1 seconds left on the clock.

Orlando Magic Player Facts

  • Paolo Banchero is one of only three players in the league to be leading his team for points, rebounds and assists this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for free throw attempts per game this season (27.1).
  • The Magic rank 2nd in the league for opponent assists per game this season (23.7).
  • The Hawks rank 1st in the league for offensive rebounds per game this season (13.2).
  • The Hawks rank 30th in the league for opponent field goal percentage this season (50.5%).

Magic vs Hawks Prediction

The Hawks are still missing De'Andre Hunter, while the Magic are keeping eyes on Wendell Carter Jr, Markelle Fultz and Anthony Black who are all questionable. The Hawks have been one of the most disappointing teams this season and they just got humbled by the Pacers in an ugly loss on Friday. The Magic haven't been setting the world on fire with their play lately as they're dealing with so many injuries, but they looked great in their comeback win over the red-hot Nuggets, so I'll lean towards the Magic as the slight home underdog here.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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