NBA Playoffs betting… Tonight’s Orlando Magic-Charlotte Bobcats game is the focus of this morning’s NBA news. With a victory tonight, the Magic would advance to the playoffs’ second round. The Magic, leading the Bobcats 3-0 in their first-round playoff series, have developed into a respected title contender the last few years. But they aren’t exactly known for having a killer instinct.
The Magic will face Jordan’s desperate team tonight and try to accomplish something never done during the Dwight Howard era: Sweep a playoff series. In fact, the Magic have never won a seven-game NBA Odds series with a sweep — and they’ve had seven chances since 1994.
Magic brings out the worst in Bobcats, who are on the edge as poor ball movement, turnovers, too many jump shots and Magic’s zone defense plaguing the Bobcats.
The Bobcats are dangerous when they drive to the rim. They’re dangerous only to themselves when they shoot 23 3-pointers, as they did Saturday.
Closing out the Bobcats might require the Magic finding some offense. They’ve done it mostly with defense. Other than Nelson, who is averaging 25.7 points per game, it has been a struggle.
The Magic: 59-23 SU, 45-33-4 ATS
The Bobcats: 44-38 SU, 44-37-1 ATS
The Magic lately:
While playing on Monday’s they are 9-1
Before playing the Bobcats they were 6-4
After playing Bobcats they are 6-4
After a win they are now 9-1
The Bobcats lately:
While playing on Monday’s they are 5-5
Before playing the Magic they were 3-7
After playing the Magic they are 1-9
After a loss they are now 6-4
The Magic at home vs the Bobcats, on Wednesday, April 28
The Magic are solid 67 percent favorites over the Bobcats. The Magic are shooting 44 percent from the field and the Bobcats are forecasted to shoot 43.2 percent. The Magic have the rebounding advantage at 41.5 to 39.6. The Magic are committing fewer turnovers at 13.4 vs 14.6 for the Bobcats. The Magic are making 8.8 three pointers on 34.3 percent from three point range. The Bobcats are making 5.3 three pointers on 36 percent.
Basketball Odds Makers have the lines at present for the Magic at -4 and the Total –Over/Under at 184 and the Magic are -195 and the Bobcats +165 on the Money Line.