An Eastern Conference battle features the Atlanta Hawks (4-3) and the Orlando Magic (4-3) matching up in Mexico City on Thursday evening. This is the first of four matchups between these Southeast Division foes, and last season, the Hawks won three of four meetings. Atlanta is averaging 122 points per game, while Orlando puts up 108.6 points per contest. Wendell Carter Jr. (hand) is out for Orlando, while Markelle Fultz (knee) is questionable.
Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET at Mexico City Arena. Atlanta is a 3.5-point favorite in the latest Hawks vs. Magic odds from SportsLine consensus. The over/under for total points is 232. Before making any Magic vs. Hawks picks, you need to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s advanced computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Magic vs. Hawks and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Hawks vs. Magic:
- Hawks vs. Magic spread: Hawks -3.5
- Hawks vs. Magic Over-Under: 232 points
- Hawks vs. Magic money line: Atlanta -164, Orlando +137
- ATL: Has hit the Game Total Over in 42 of its last 71 games
- ORL: Has hit the money line in 33 of its last 64 games
- Hawks vs. Magic picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Hawks can cover
Guard Dejounte Murray is a very athletic ball handler on the floor. Murray uses his long arms to swarm opposing players on defense and get into passing lanes. The Washington product does an exceptional job attacking the lane, and he leads the team in scoring (22.6) with 4.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and one steal per game. In the loss to the Thunder, he finished with 29 points, six assists, and shot 6-of-9 from three.
Guard Trae Young thrives as a facilitator and perimeter scorer due to his smooth jumper. The Oklahoma product is first on the squad in assists (10.4), with 21.7 points per game. He’s recorded a double-double in five of his last six outings. On Nov. 4 against New Orleans, Young totaled 22 points and 12 assists. See which team to pick here.
Why the Magic can cover
Guard Cole Anthony is a high-energy and impactful player off the bench. Anthony creates great offensive looks for himself due to his efficient mid-range jumper and quickness getting into the lane. The North Carolina product is putting up 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game. In his last outing, Anthony had 19 points and five assists.
Guard Jalen Suggs brings outstanding effort on both sides of the ball. Suggs uses his good court awareness and instincts to create turnovers and find his open teammates. The 22-year-old averages 10 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. In the loss to the Mavericks, Suggs dropped 10 points with seven assists and one steal. See which team to pick here.
How to make Hawks vs. Magic picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning Under on the total, projecting 225 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread has all of the value. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Magic vs. Hawks, and which side of the spread has all of the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model on a 79-42 roll on all top-rated NBA picks dating back to last season, and find out.