Orlando is 1-8 in its last nine games and will hope to at least be competitive in this matchup with Atlanta. The Hawks have solidified themselves as a playoff team and will look to climb the standings down the stretch in games like these. Let’s see if the Hawks will be able to take care of their business and continue to climb up the Eastern Conference standings.
Here’s how sportsbooks have set the opening Magic-Hawks odds.
NBA Odds: Magic-Hawks Odds
Orlando Magic +12 (-110)
Atlanta Hawks -12 (-110)
Over 218 Points (-110)
Under 218 Points (-110)
Why The Magic Could Cover The Spread
The Magic will continue to fight despite their recent struggles. They lost their last game to Houston by just four points and were very competitive throughout that game. The energy was definitely present, so if Orlando can match that, there’s at least a chance to give Atlanta a good battle. For a team with no star power at this point, Orlando will play tough on both ends of the floor.
The Magic saw all five of their starters score at least 10 points in the loss against Houston. They don’t have much in the tank, but a performance like this is promising for many of the younger guys on this roster. Orlando has a solid track record against Atlanta, going 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine head-to-head matchups. Atlanta has dealt with a ton of injuries, which gives Orlando a chance to cover a double-digit spread.
Why The Hawks Could Cover The Spread
The Hawks are 8-2 in their last 10 games and seem to be clicking on all cylinders down the stretch. This team had high expectations coming into this season and have certainly lived up to them after a rough start, with Nate McMillan helping this time find itself. The Hawks are not only basically guaranteed a playoff spot at this point, but this group is primed to make a run. Atlanta is coming off a 12-point win against the Indiana Pacers.
Atlanta shot the lights out of the gym and comfortably outrebounded the Pacers in the recent win. Trae Young continued a great season with a 34-point, 11-rebound performance. It goes without saying that Young is the catalyst for his team and will be the key to the Hawks’ success in the postseason. Atlanta needs to ride the momentum and get healthy in order to be relevant next month and beyond.
Final Magic-Hawks Prediction & Pick
The Hawks are one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference and the Orlando Magic are certainly tanking at this point. The Magic have an extensive list of injured players and will send out a group that doesn’t belong on the same court with the Hawks on Tuesday night. Atlanta is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 home games and have a great chance to continue the impressive run against a depleted and underwhelming Orlando bunch.
FINAL PICK: Atlanta Hawks -12 (-110)