Pro basketball betting hopes are also high for the Orlando Magic that they can become a post season threat to go all the way as a basketball sports betting value underdog.
The Orlando Magic will host the Miami Heat on Thursday night with a starting time of 8 PM ET and a telecast on TNT. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this critically important Eastern Conference showdown so be sure and have your account open and ready for action.
Orlando had a record of 37-22 straight up and 27-31-1 with the NBA basketball betting odds. The Magic were 11-16-1 against the spread on the road and went over the total in just 13 of their 28 away games. Orlando was one of the better defensive teams in the league as they ranked 5th for points allowed while the offense was ranked 12th for scoring.
Orlando boasts the most dominant big man in the game with Dwight Howard, who was averaging a team best 23.3 points, 13.9 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game. Orlando was in good form as of late with 5 payouts in 7 games from February 8 through February 25. The Magic went under the total in 8 out of 9 games from February 4 through February 25.
Miami had a record of 43-16 straight up and 29-29-1 with the NBA basketball line. The Heat were 11-16 against the spread at home and went under the total in just 10 out of 27 away games.
Miami has been a poor value at home due in large part to the hype surrounding the team which has been over the top since the summer when LeBron James and Chris Bosh were brought in to supplant Dwyane Wade.
The Heat simply attract too much public money as a home team to have any real board value. Miami paid out in just 1 out of 4 games from February 16 through February 25.
Miami has gotten the cash in 4 of their last 6 home games against Orlando with 3 of the last 5 meetings between the teams in Miami going over the pro basketball betting total.