The Orlando Magic had to wait over a week to see who they would be playing in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The only concern for Orlando is that they could be a little rusty for Game 1 against Atlanta on Tuesday after having so much time off. “It felt like we had gone fishin’ because we’ve just been sitting around chilling for so long,’’ Orlando’s Dwight Howard said, “We’ve been trying to stay ready, but it’s felt like we weren’t even in the playoffs betting.”
Orlando is an 8.5 point favorite with a total of 192 at SBG Global.
The Magic are aware that the layoff could be a factor. “If there’s rust, we’ll just have to play through it,’’ Orlando’s Vince Carter said. “That first quarter on Tuesday night will be an important one. They’re in rhythm from playing and we might be rusty, but our focus has to be at an all-time high going into this game.” Orlando has won three of the four regular season games against Atlanta. “We’ve played them a number of times and they know all of our stuff and we know all of their stuff,’’ Magic forward Rashard Lewis said, ”We know that Atlanta is one of the best teams in the league. Their record speaks for itself, but we’ll be ready to play them.”
Orlando is a big favorite to win the best-of-seven series as SBG lists them at -750. The Magic have a big advantage inside with Howard against Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia. Howard averaged 21 points, 16.8 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in his last four games against Atlanta. “Dwight is the difference against just about anybody we play. He’s capable of dominating games like nobody else we have on our team,” Orlando guard J.J. Redick said.
The Hawks are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 Conference Semifinals games. The Hawks are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 playoff betting games as an underdog. The Hawks are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings against Orlando. The Magic are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Magic are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall.
The Over is 4-1 in the Hawks last 5 road games. The Over is 3-1-1 in Orlando’s last 5 home games.