Online basketball betting concerns are high for the Orlando Magic as they are a good but not great team that is not considered to be a true betting basketball championship contender.
The Orlando Magic will host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night with a telecast on ESPN set to start at 8PM ET. Be sure and have your account open and ready at Sports Gambling for side and total action on this important inter-conference matchup that has major playoff implications.
Oklahoma City had a record of 35-19 straight up and 27-27 with the NBA betting odds as they took over first place in the Northwest Division. The Thunder were 13-14 against the spread on the road and went under the total in 14 of their away games.
Kevin Durant has continued his emergence into superstar and franchise player status as he was leading OKC with 28.9 points per game and 7 rebounds per night. The Thunder had the NBA’s 5th ranked scoring offense while their defense was ranked 20th. Defense both for the team and Durant has been the big point of concern with handicappers and basketball commentators.
If Oklahoma City can tighten up on the defensive end of the floor they stand a chance to make a serious run at the Western Conference title. As it stands now, they have proven for certain that last year’s breakout season and surprising run against the Lakers in the playoffs was not a fluke.
Orlando had a record of 36-21 straight up and 26-30-1 with the NBA sports betting line. The Magic paid out in 15 of 29 home games while going over the total in just 11 games as a host. Orlando put together a solid run of 4 payouts in 5 games before the All Star Break.
The Magic are one of the better defensive teams in the NBA and ranked 5th for points allowed while the offense was ranked 11th for scoring. Dwight Howard continues to prove to be one of the best big men and biggest assets in online basketball betting as he led Orlando with 22.8 points and 13.8 rebounds per game while Jameer Nelson added 6.2 assists per game.