NBA Odds – Philadelphia 76ers to Rise up and earn huge road Scalp at Orlando
Written by North Shore Sports, Inc.
The Orlando Magic will be out for a season series win on Monday night when it takes to the hardwood to battle the Philadelphia 76ers against the NBA odds at Bookmaker Sportsbook.
The Philadelphia 76ers (31-27, 29-28-1 ATS) will attempt to even up their 2011-12 NBA odds season series with the Orlando Magic (34-24, 31-25-2 ATS) on Monday, April 16th when the teams partake in their final tussle of the regular season; tip-off from the Amway Center is set to go live on NBA TV starting at 7:00 ET.
Philadelphia got off to a tremendous start to their 2011-12 campaign, but it’s been an extremely rocky road for Head Coach Doug Collins and his staff ever since the All Star break. Once a potential candidate to win the Atlantic Division, the Sixers are now just clinging on to the thought of actually qualifying for the playoffs. As it is, Andre Iguodala and his mates currently hold onto the 7th seed in the East one-game ahead of the 8th seeded New York Knicks and three-games in back of tonight’s opponent for the 6th seed.
However, since dropping four straight to Miami, Toronto, Orlando, and Boston (1-3 ATS), the Sixers have rattled off a pair of wins against New Jersey and Toronto, and with those triumphs came a pair of NBA odds covers as well. Granted, the opposition was far from threatening with neither the Raptors nor Nets heading to the second season, but wins are wins and you never know which ones will be the catalyst to get a team back on track. Philly has covered three of its L/4 away from the Wells Fargo Center, and checks in 12-15 SU & 12-14-1 ATS on the road overall.
Once Dwight Howard stated he would remain in Orlando through next season, it was supposed to be nothing but peace signs and rainbows for the team as well as the coaching staff. That however has been far from the case with the rumor spreading that “Superman” did not want Coach Van Gundy around next season. To put it mildly, this has created a very hostile environment for the Magic to contend with, and it’s shown in their recent performances. After rattling off wins and covers against both Philadelphia and Detroit, it traveled to Washington on Tuesday and lost to the Wizards outright as 4.5-point NBA odds chalk.
That’s right folks! The freaking Wizards! Granted, Howard sat out due to his back giving him problems, but you’d still expect a Magic team currently in the Eastern Conference playoff chase to still be able to get by a Washington team that had mustered just 13 wins heading into that match-up. Orlando’s All Star is listed as doubtful for this game as well. That’s not a good omen considering the Magic have struggled against the Top 10 teams on the Sagarin Ratings they’ve faced going just 9-13 SU for the year; Philly surprisingly checks in at #8. Orlando’s 119-89 rout of the Pistons on Monday snapped the team’s three-game SU & ATS losing streak in front of its hometown faithful.
NBA Odds Prediction – The Magic have dominated their recent rivalry with the Sixers capturing “W’s” in eight of the L/10 meetings both SU & ATS. They’ve taken two of the three meetings this season which included a 103-87 home win and cover back on February 15th. However, the ramifications in this one are huge for the Sixers. If they win, they’d take a step closer towards getting out of the 7th seed and matching up with either Miami or Chicago in the 1st round. We expect the 76ers to enter this clash in the midst of a three-game win streak (vs. NJN), and keeping that streak alive should be just enough motivation added to the bigger picture to get past the Howard-less Magic.
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