Orlando Magic +3 at Philadelphia 76ers -3 Total: 207.5
Philadelphia has had some good luck against Eastern Conference opponents this year, going 8-3 so far. Led by rookie of the year candidate Michael Carter-Williams, the 76ers have struggled lately. Philadelphia, 6-12 on the season, lost 115-100 at Detroit on Sunday. Thaddeus Young had 24 points and Evan Turner scored 20 for the 76ers, who were outscored 70-46 in the first half and never recovered. The 76ers are giving up a whopping 110.1 points per game to rank last in the league, 7.1 more than the next-closest team. They’ve also yielded a league-worst 192 3-pointers. This is a good spot for them on the schedule, however. Orlando is in the second game of a six game road trip and started poorly last night. The Magic were blown out 98-80 at Washington. Arron Afflalo had 21 points and Maurice Harkless added 16 off the bench, but the Magic shot just 39.0 percent while being held to a season low in points.
“We had great looks, we had great opportunities, but we didn’t finish,” said rookie Victor Oladipo, who scored 13 points. “So you live to play again. We got a back-to-back, so we just got to bounce back.”
The Magic have dominated Philadelphia over the years, winning three straight games and 21 of 25 dating to December 2006. They won 105-94 last Wednesday behind 21 points and 16 rebounds from Nikola Vucevic, outscoring Philadelphia 52-36 in the paint.
“When you look at their interior bigs, we couldn’t guard them, and we had to go to schemes and different ways to get help to our bigs,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “It’s a problem.”
Vucevic injured his knee last night, however, and is questionable for the game. He is averaging 16 rebounds a game against his old team.
Philadelphia is 6-12 on the season, averaging 103 points per game while giving up 110.1. They are 9-9-0 against the spread, with their over/under record 13-5-0. When their opponents have the ball, the 76ers are allowing 46% shooting from the field, including 38% from the three point line. Its defensive rebounding rate off those misses is 75%, and the team is averaging 9.7 steals and 7.4 blocks per game so far this season.
On offense, the 76ers are shooting 45% from the field, including 33% from deep. Their free throw percentage so far this season is 70%, and they have gotten rebounds off their own misses 26% of the time. Philadelphia has turned the ball over 17.8 times per game this year, and have seen their shots blocked an average of 4.8 times per game.
The Magic are scoring 98.3 points per game so far this season, en route to a 6-11 record overall and a 8-9-0 record against the spread. Orlando has given up 100.9 PPG, and have an O/U record of 7-9-1 on the year.
On defense, the Magic have held their opponents to a 45% field goal percentage, 37% from three point land. They are creating 14.6 turnovers per game , and blocking 6 shots per game. Their assist to turnover ratio is 1.22. The Magic are shooting 46% from the field so far this season, with a 37% success rate from beyond the three point line. Their overall rebound percentage is 51%; its offense rebound rate is 23% with the defense collecting 77% of their opponent’s misses. The Magic are shooting 76% at the free throw line this year.