Free NBA Expert Picks For Tonight (Dec 9): Magic vs Hawks Prediction
The NBA continues Saturday, after a busy Friday night. Saturday is filled with ten NBA matchups. With twenty teams playing, there will be highlights filling up the day. Here are my best NBA bets for December 9. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read out Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NBA expert picks. All odds from this article are from SportsBetting.ag
Orlando Magic vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction
The Hawks and Magic meet in a rematch of last Wednesday night’s game. Both teams enter the night with losing records in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have gone 5-19 on the season, while the Magic have gone 11-15.
In the first meeting between these two teams the Magic won 110-106 in overtime. Orlando outscored the Hawks in the first, third and fourth period, but a dominant second period by the Hawks was enough to push the game to overtime. Aaron Gordan, Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic combined for seventy-three points. Gordan and Vucevic each had double-double’s. Orlando’s bench played very poorly, only scoring sixteen points in total. Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with twenty-six points.
Aaron Gordan and Evan Fournier have been the Magic’s leaders in points per game so far this season. Both are averaging around 18.5 points per game. Nikola Vucevic is only slightly behind, averaging about 17 per game. Dennis Schroder has been the Hawks’ leader this season. He has been averaging about 20.5 points per game. Taurean Waller-Prince, Kent Bazemore, Marco Belinelli, Dewayne Dedmon and John Collins have all been hovering around the ten points per game mark. Unfortunately for the Hawks, Collins and Dedmon are out for an extended period.
Orlando has specialized in the offense this season, but have struggled on the defensive side of the court. Orlando has the ninth-best field goal percentage in the league. The Magic are shooting around .466 from the field. The Hawks have allowed the sixth best percentage against them. Atlanta is having teams shoot around .471 against them. Orlando’s starters were successful shooting the ball on Wednesday against the Hawks, and I expect that to continue Saturday.
Orlando Magic +2 (+100) at Atlanta Hawks -2 (-120)*
The Magic have been great at moving the ball around this season. Orlando has been averaging about twenty-four assists per game, which is the fourth most in the league. The ball movement has been great at getting the Magic players open looks. If the Magic can open up the passing lanes against the Hawks, it could collapse the Hawks defense. Atlanta allows about twenty-six assists per game, which shows they have difficulty stopping any ball movement.
Orlando enters this game as a slight underdog to the Hawks. The Magic are a much better offensive team then Atlanta, and if Atlanta can’t slow them down or keep up, I believe the Magic will get a win on Saturday night. Orlando has a better payout at +100 as well, which only sweetens up this pick.