Basketball betting respect is high for Orlando center Dwight Howard as he is the dominant force that can carry a team all by himself as a major asset with the NBA playoffs odds.
The Atlanta Hawks will host the Orlando Magic in game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series on Friday night with a starting time of 8 PM ET and a telecast on ESPN2. Be sure to have your Sports Gambling account open and ready for action on both the side and total of this matchup.
Orlando is the number 4 seed in the Eastern Conference and had a basketball gambling record of 52-30 straight up and 35-46-1 against the spread as one of the worst overlays on the board. Orlando was a poor 16-24-1 against the spread on the road and was a break even 20-20-1 on over under totals in away games this year.
Defense is the strength of the Magic as they ranked 4th in the NBA for points allowed on defense. Howard has emerged as one of the most dominant players in the game as he led Orlando with 22.9 points and 14.1 rebounds per game.
Atlanta has a surprisingly good season under first year coach Larry Drew as they finished 44-38 straight up but jut 37-45 against the spread. The Hawks entered NBA playoffs betting with a home record of just 16-25 against the spread and went under the total in 24 out of their 41 home games.
Drew installed a more defensive oriented approach and the Hawks finished 9th in the NBA for points allowed on defense. The offense struggled however as it finished 26th in the league for scoring. Joe Johnson was Atlanta’s top scorer with 18.2 points per game while Al Horford was the leading rebounder with 9.3 per game.
Heading into this playoff series the Hawks had gotten the cash in 5 consecutive games against the Magic with 12 of the last 14 games between the two teams going under the total.
Orlando was a solid value at Atlanta as of late however with 6 payouts in their last 9 visits as the two teams went under the basketball betting total in 7 straight games at Phillips Arena.