Basketball betting expectations and anticipation have exploded in Orlando as Gilbert Arenas was acquired in a trade to bolster the Magic’s NBA betting chances for a playoff run.
The Orlando Magic will host the San Antonio Spurs with a telecast on TNT that begins Thursday night at 8 PM ET. Be sure and open your account at Sports-Gambling for the side and total on this important interconference matchup.
The Orlando Magic made major headlines this past weekend with major trades that have remade their roster for a deep playoff run and an answer to the challenge of matching the Miami Heat with the NBA odds. Orlando acquired Gilbert Arenas, the highly talented but also highly troubled guard from the Washington Wizards, along with Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson from Phoenix.
When you add the new players to a roster that already included superstar center Dwight Howard you have a phenomenal and dynamic lineup that will impress handicappers and make the Magic a much more interesting and potentially attractive betting commodity.
The moves were made after Orlando slumped with the NBA lines from December 4 through December 18 as they went 1-6 both straight up and against the spread to fall into the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference playoff race with an overall record of 16-10 straight up and just 9-17 against the spread with just 10 of their games going over the total.
Orlando was 6-7 against the spread at home with an even 6-6-1 split on over unders. Howard will no longer have to carry the team as he has had to do for the past two plus seasons. Howard was leading Orlando with 21.7 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per outing. Orlando has needed an injection of offense as they ranked just 21st in the NBA for scoring while ranking 4th for points allowed.
San Antonio had a sensational basketball betting record of 23-3 straight up and 16-9-1 against the spread with 15 of those 26 games going over the total. The Spurs lost just 2 of 10 road games against the board. San Antonio showed good balance ranking 4th in scoring and 13th for points allowed.