Bucks vs. Magic Spread Prediction
The Orlando Magic suffered a second-half collapse last night in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Will they rebound to at least cover the spread versus the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:00 p.m. ET tonight? Or will the Bucks continue their strong play both on the hardwood and at the betting window?
7:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, January 19, 2018
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Our NBA Live Odds page pulls spreads and totals from multiple different online sportsbooks so you can compare betting odds to ensure you’re getting the best line.
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Bucks are 8.5-point favorites to beat the Magic. The total, meanwhile, sits at 220 points and as of this writing, 59% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Bucks to cover the point spread.
Milwaukee Bucks Fantasy Spin
Giannis Antetokounmpo played just 25 minutes and hit just 4-of-9 shots and 4-of-8 free throws, but still finished Tuesday's 124-86 blowout with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and three steals for his fourth triple-double of the season in a really ugly blowout. All five Bucks starters managed to hit double figures in scoring, but they all had between 11 and 17 points in one of the worst blowouts you'll see. And despite the crazy score, none of the bench players really went crazy in garbage time, either. Giannis was a little gimpy coming into this one with a hip/quad issue, but was clearly good to go tonight. The Bucks will head into a back-to-back situation at Memphis on Wednesday night well rested after tonight's blowout.
Orlando Magic Fantasy Spin
Nikola Vucevic made just 7-of-20 from the field for 16 points with 17 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes during a 117-115 loss to the Nets on Friday. The Magic blew this one badly with a 21-point lead not being enough, and losing again drops them to the No. 11 spot in the Eastern Conference. Coach Steve Clifford said this week that the play of the Magic in the coming weeks will tell them if they are buyers or sellers. They get a back-to-back against the Bucks on Saturday and have a rough schedule coming up after Monday, so Vooch's fantasy owners should be rooting for some wins to take him off the trade block.
NBA Betting Trends
The Bucks have covered the spread in five of their last six games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
The Magic are just 2-7 at the betting window in their last nine games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in its previous contest.
The Bucks have been one of the strongest ATS teams in the NBA and even though we’re paying a steep price to back them tonight, I’m still willing to take the risk. They’re 10-2 against the number in their last 12 games overall, are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games versus a team with a losing record and have covered four of their last five on the road. On the other side, the Magic are 2-6 against the number in their last eight games overall, are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games coming off a loss and have dropped eight of their last 11 at the betting window in their last 11 games versus Central opponents.
Saturday NBA Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -8.5