Bucks vs. Magic Prediction

NBA Predictions: Will Bucks vs. Magic go over betting total Friday? 1/20/17

Will tonight's Bucks and Magic matchup go over the betting total for bettors when the teams square off at 7:00PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Magic are 3.5-point home underdogs versus the Bucks while the total currently sits at 209.5 points. Orlando opened as a 1.5-point underdog before the number was bet up to 3.5, while the total hasn't moved since hitting the board at 209.5.

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The Bucks have now dropped three straight games, with losses at Atlanta, versus Philadelphia, and at Houston. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points in the 111-92 in that loss to the Rockets, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes of work. He was the only player in the game to reach double-digit boards.

The Magic have also lost three in a row and have been on a horrid stretch, dropping seven of their last eight overall. They're coming off a 118-98 loss at the Nuggets and capped their recent road trip at 1-5. Serge Ibaka tied his season high with five blocked shots during the loss to Denver, adding 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers in 25 minutes.

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OUR PREDICTION: The over is 4-1 in the Bucks' last five games overall, is 9-2 in their last 11 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game, and is 5-2 in their last seven road games. On the other side, the over is a perfect 4-0 in the Magic's last four games overall and has cashed in nine of their last 13 games coming off a straight up loss. I don't trust either of these teams right now, but there is some value in the total.

 

FRIDAY NBA PREDICTION: BUCKS/MAGIC OVER 209.5

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