Phoenix Suns (8-26) vs Orlando Magic (14-18)Date : 12/26/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Phoenix Suns vs Orlando Magic
The Phoenix Suns will travel to Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida, to battle the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Both teams come into this game on losing streaks as the Orlando Magic lost their third straight game after suffering a home defeat to the Miami Heat as they allowed the struggling Heat to shoot over 50% both from the field as well as three-point range while ending the game shooting just 41% along with 35% from three-point range en route to the defeat.
On the other hand, the Phoenix Suns have lost two straight games as they suffered a loss on the road to the Brooklyn Nets in the last outing as they shot a respectable 48% from the floor, however only connected on three 3-pointers on the night compared to 10 for the Nets. On the other hand, Brooklyn had six double-digit scores in this matchup as they picked up the much-needed victory. The Suns are 5-0 against the spread in the last 5 meetings at Amway Center while the under has been the play in five of the last six meetings, overall.
Phoenix Suns's Latest Performance :
After a promising road trip to where the Phoenix Suns picked up victories in their first two matchups, the Phoenix Suns have suddenly struggled in losing two straight games with their last defeat coming at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets as the Suns simply could not muster up any consistent offense On the second game of a back to back, they went t 3-17 from three-point range for the game while the Brooklyn Nets made 10 of 37 attempts on tonight. On the other hand, the Suns shot decently from the floor at 48% while holding Brooklyn to 47% on the night as Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points while D’Angelo Russell had eight points, 86, and six rebounds.
On the other hand, DeAndre Ayton finished with 26 points and 18 rebounds as he shot 3-16 from the field while Devin Booker had 25 points along with 9 assists as the Suns have dropped four of the last six road games overall. Nonetheless, they will have had three days rest before facing the Orlando Magic in this matchup and may indeed have success as the Magic is not only struggling on the offensive end, but, continues to allow teams to score an average of 115 points per game during their current 3 game losing streak.
Orlando Magic's Latest Performance :
Orlando Magic continued to drop ball games due to their lack of offensive consistency and cohesion, particularly on the offensive end, as they have failed to score 100 points in their last seven games, overall. In their last outing at home versus the Miami Heat, the Magic performed horrible in the opening and third quarters as they were outscored 65 – 44 while also permitting a struggling Heat team to shoot over 50% from the floor while also making a whopping 16 3-pointers led by Tyler Johnson, who stepped up to lead the team with 25 points as he went 6-9 from three-point range on the night while Justise Winslow also went 3-4 from three-point range while ending with 22 points along with five assists for the Heat en route to the victory.
On the other hand, the Magic ended the game shooting only 41% for for the game while Orlando also hit 10 three-pointers on the night as leading scorers Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon had five of those long balls as they led the team with 22 and 17 points, respectively, while Jonathan Simmons went 5-6 from the floor while ending with 11 points in the loss. The Magic also committed 19 turnovers for the game while allowing 12 steals to the Miami Heat as the visitors also dished out 27 total assists in the game with Winslow along with James Johnson having five each. In all, the Magic have lost four of the last six home games and will continue a home stand with three games remaining versus the Suns, Toronto, along with Detroit. With that being said, they will certainly be looking to pick up a much-needed victory before they go on the road to where they have won 9 of 14 all year long; However, are losers of the last two straight road games.
How Phoenix Suns & Orlando Magic Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Phoenix is 15 – 19 ATS while the OU is 14 – 20
Orlando is 17 – 15 ATS while the OU is 12 – 20
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Both these teams will be looking to get back on the winning track on Wednesday night as the Phoenix Suns would surely like to wrap up a 5 games road trip on a positive note while the Orlando Magic will simply look to atone for their most recent loss while also performing better at home where they have won two of their last three, overall. Both teams will come into this game well rested as I expect the pace to be up and down throughout this matchup as each offense will be looking to kick-start themselves after very lackluster outings in their last time out.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Phoenix Suns
My reason for the pick :
Orlando Magic are simply playing with no type of consistency on the offensive and at this point in the season. And while their defense has remained solid, for the most part, they’re office continues to struggle as they have not surpass the 100 mark in the last seven games, toys, as stated. I’m out of the Suns have allowed team to score 130 points per game doing their two-game losing streak, expect them to get back to basics versus a horrible Orlando team that simply cannot find the basket that a critical point in the season.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Th eunder has been the play in four of the last five games for the Orlando Magic while it has also been the result in four of the last six games for the Phoenix Suns, overall. With that being the case, this contest looks to be an interesting one to where both teams will certainly be fighting tooth-and-nail in which to pick up the victory. Nonetheless, their defense will take center stage and dominate throughout the game as the Suns win pull away at some point while picking up the much-needed victory.
Betting trends for Phoenix Suns:
- Under is 4-0 in Magic last 4 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
Under is 5-1 in Magic last 6 games playing on 2 days rest.
Under is 5-1 in Magic last 6 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Betting trends for Orlando Magic:
- Suns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games.
Suns are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Suns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.