Magic vs. Heat Prediction
Can the Miami Heat extend their lead over the Orlando Magic in the playoff standings when the two teams meet up tonight at 7:30PM ET in Miami?
559 Orlando Magic vs. 560 Miami Heat
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
7:30PM ET – American Airlines Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Heat are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -5 points against the Magic. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 204.5 points. The public betting for this game currently is split down the middle, 50-50. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Magic on fire
Orlando is on a five-game win streak coming into tonight following a 119-98 win over Philadelphia at home. The Magic have also covered the spread in four of the five wins. Right now, Orlando is ninth in the East, ½ a game behind Miami for the final playoff spot. The Magic are 36-38 on the season, 13-22 on the road, 39-34-1 against the spread and 43-31 with the under.
The Magic have one of the better defensive teams in the league, as they are giving up 106.2 points per game while opponents shoot 45.3 percent against them. Offensively, Orlando is putting up 106.3 points per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the field. Nikola Vucevic is leading the team with 20.8 points and 12.1 rebounds per game while Aaron Gordon is adding 15.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest.
Heat keeping pace
Miami is coming off a 113-108 win at Washington. The Heat have won and covered the spread in four of their last five games to hold Orlando back in the standings. Miami is 36-37 on the season, 17-20 at home, 40-33 against the spread and 38-35 with the over.
The Heat are also a strong defensive team, giving up just 105.9 points per game while opponents shoot 44.4 percent against them. Offensively, Miami is averaging 105.8 points per game while shooting 45.1 percent as a team. The team will be without Rodney McGruder, who is out with a knee injury. Justise Winslow is questionable to play with a thigh injury. Josh Richardson is leading the team with 16.7 points and 4.1 assists per game while Goran Dragic is adding 14.4 points per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Magic have failed to cover in four straight road games and in just one of their last five Tuesday games.
The Heat have covered the spread in four straight against losing teams and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Orlando has won and covered in two of their three meetings with Miami this season, but the Heat won the most recent meeting, 115-91. Orlando has won five straight, but all have been at home. The Magic aren’t quite the same team on the road. The Heat had a strong road trip and now return home, where they have managed some key wins in recent weeks. Miami has the edge in the standings and a win tonight will go far in securing the playoff position.
NBA Prediction: Miami Heat -5