76ers vs. Magic Thursday Prediction
The undefeated Orlando Magic figure to get a stiff test on Thursday evening when they host the Philadelphia 76ers at 6:30 p.m. ET. Will the Magic improve to 5-0 in the year while covering as a small home dog or are the 3-1 Sixers the better bet laying the small number?
515 Philadelphia 76ers (-3.5) at 516 Orlando Magic (+3.5); o/u 220
6:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, December 31, 2020
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
Philadelphia 76ers DFS Spin
Joel Embiid (back tightness) is probable for Thursday's game vs. Orlando. The 'probable' tag is usually just a formality for guys with very minor ailments, but Embiid's status is rarely that simple. Don't be surprised if he ends up as a game-time decision, and if he's limited in any way Dwight Howard should be the beneficiary.
Orlando Magic DFS Spin
Nikola Vucevic had a monster game on Tuesday night, posting 28 points, 10 boards, five assists and a steal in just 34 minutes. Vucevic led the Magic in scoring and rebounding on Tuesday night and did so efficiently. He went 12-of-18 from the line and made 3-of-4 from deep. A nice bounce-back performance after going 8-of-20 on Saturday night. Vucevic may not be an NBA star, but he puts up star numbers and his fantasy managers should be happy to have him.
76ers vs. Magic Betting Prediction
The Sixers are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games versus the Magic and are 0-4 against the number in their last four trips to Orlando. They’re also just 5-15-1 at the betting window in their last 21 games as a road favorite, are 1-4 against the number in their last five games coming off a win and are 1-6 at the betting window in their last seven games following an ATS win. Philly is just 16-34-2 against the spread in its last 52 road games as well.
On the other side, the Magic are 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games overall, are 12-2 against the number in their last 14 games coming off a win and have covered in four of their last five games following an ATS win.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: ORLANDO MAGIC +3.5