NBA Predictions: Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Orlando Magic at Philadelphia 76ers
Monday, 1/30/12, 7:00 PM EST, TV:  SUN
Opening Point Spread:  Orlando -5.5
Current Betting Line:  Orlando -7
Opening Total:  179.5
Current Total:  179
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The Philadelphia 76ers have won all 10 of their home games by a double-digit margin

Orlando has certainly fallen flat offensively during its three-game losing streak in failing to score over 85 points, as the team continues to deal with the distraction of trade rumors surrounding star center Dwight Howard.  The Magic have averaged just 81.1 points over their last seven games, which has head coach Stan Van Gundy looking for answers.  “We’re in a real tough stretch and guys are playing poorly,” he stated this week to the media.  Howard continues to do his job, scoring 20.1 points and grabbing 15.5 rebounds a night.  Orlando is 3-1 ATS after a loss by 10 points or more this season.

The Magic have tallied a 6-4 mark on the road this season, which includes wins in three of five games versus Eastern Conference opponents.  Orlando is 59-27 all-time in this particular series, winning 11 of the last 12 meetings.  Over the last four-plus years during the Van Gundy era, the franchise has registered a solid 108-66 mark away from home, including a 23-18 road record during the 2010-11 season.

Philadelphia has won and covered as double-digit home favorites the past two games, including a 95-74 victory over the Detroit Pistons last time out.  The 76ers have also managed to fall “under” the total in their last four games.  The team has been one of the biggest surprises of the 2011-12 campaign, posting a 14-6 overall record, which includes a 10-2 home mark.  Sports bettors will find that the squad’s 10 wins inside the Wells Fargo Center have all come by a double-digit margin.  Philadelphia is 12-4 ATS in January, while the “under” is 5-11 in that span.

The 76ers are outscoring opponents by a league-best 11.7 points per game this season.  Philadelphia still has the seventh highest point differential (+234) of any team through the first 20 games of the season dating back to the 1985-86 season.  Offensively, the team is extremely balanced, with sixth man Lou Williams actually leading the team in scoring 15.7 points in 25 minutes of play a night.  Forward Andre Iguodala is another player to watch, averaging 12.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.

Bettors will likely back the Magic due to their 8-2 ATS mark in the last 10 meetings, while the Sixers are 0-5 ATS when playing at home in this series.

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