Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, and Algorithm Picks from the SportsGrid Betting Model
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic NBA Game Information
76ers (3-1) vs. Magic (4-0)
Date: Thursday, December 31
Time: 6:30 PM ET
Venue: Amway Center
TV Coverage: NBATV, FSFL, CSP
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: 76ers -150 Magic +127
Spread: 76ers -33.5 (-111) Magic +3 (-109)
Total: 218.5 (-112)
Odds to Win NBA Championship: 76ers +2100 Magic +12000
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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic News and Notes
Raise your hand if you can answer the following question. Who is the only current 4-0 team in the NBA? Need more time? Still thinking? Don’t worry, no one thought of the Orlando Magic. But here we are with the Magic as the only undefeated team in the league with an NBA-high four wins. Orlando is 4-0 for the first time in franchise history and will look to continue their record start against a team they probably need to thank for their fantastic start.
Two of Orlando’s top three scorers are former Sixers. Nikola Vucevic, the team’s second-leading point-getter, was traded to the Magic after his rookie season in Philadelphia back in 2012. Vucevic automatically flourished with the Magic, averaging a double-double of 13 points and 12 boards in Orlando’s first season. Fast forward eight years, and the seven-footer is still super productive, scoring 20 a game while leading the team with 11.5 rebounds per game this season.
This 76ers also gave up on the NBA’s first overall pick from the 2017 draft. Philly drafted Markelle Fultz with high hopes, but after two seasons where he played just 33 games, they pulled the plug and shipped him to Orlando. After a solid first season when he put up 12 points and five assists per game, Fultz is really finding his place in the Magic Kingdom. The 22-year-old is third in team scoring averaging over 18 points per game, and seems to have fixed his shooting hitch. Fultz famously could not hit free throws in Philly, where he shot just 52 percent from the charity stripe in two seasons there. In the Sunshine State, Fultz shot 73 percent in his first season, 85 percent in the playoffs, and is shooting 93 percent from the line this season.
Orlando has five players scoring 13 points or more and is the league’s fourth-highest scoring team putting up 120 points a night. Former Raptor Terrence Ross is a big reason. Ross is leading the Magic with 21 points a game, ten points better than his career average and five better than his best single-season. He’s also shooting a career-best 51.8 percent from the field. A big reason they are sixth in team field goal percentage and their 46.5 boards per game rank them tenth in that category.
Despite playing three of their first four games on the road, Orlando has had a relatively easy schedule. The Magic have played winless Washington twice, the one-win Thunder in Oklahoma, and got their only home win against the Heat in the season opener.
Philadelphia will be Orlando’s biggest test of the season. The 76ers are the second-best team in the league, giving up just 101.8 points per game. They also are allowing the second-lowest opposing field goal percentage at a 43.3 shooting rate. Much of the reasons for their 3-1 start.
But, despite having a player tied for third in the league in scoring, the Sixers have struggled on offense. They are ranked 28th in team scoring, 25th in FG percentage, and 27th in 3-point shooting percentage. Yes, Joel Embiid is putting up over 28 points per game. Yes, starters Tobias Harris (17.3), Ben Simmons (14.3), and Seth Curry (13.8) are shouldering their part of the offensive load. The bench, on the other hand, is not.
Philadelphia’s bench is the fifth-lowest scoring second unit in the league. The Sixers pine is putting up just 30 points per game while playing over 18 minutes a night. The playing time and points don’t match up as Philly is ranked in the top half of the league in bench minutes but near the bottom in scoring.
Not only has Orlando started the season undefeated, but they are also unbeaten against the spread covering in all four games this season. Not really surprising the high-scoring Magic has also gone over in every game this season. Again no big shock the defensive-minded Sixers have hit the under in all four of their games this year.
The Magic have covered three of their past four and five of seven meetings with Philly going back to October 2018. Points have been hard to come by as the under has dominated in recent meetings. These two teams have gone low in five of their past six head-to-head contests.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic Predictions and Picks
SG Betting Model Win Probability: 76ers 29.24% Magic 70.76%
SG Betting Model ML Star Rating: Magic – 5 stars
SG Betting Model Spread Star Rating: Magic – 5 stars
SG Betting Model Total Star Rating: Over – 5 stars
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