Phoenix Suns (9-10) at Orlando Magic (9-11)
NBA: Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 at 7:00 pm ET (Amway Center)
Line and Odds: Orlando Magic -2.5 -- Over/Under: 215
Free NBA Picks Phoenix Suns vs. Orlando Magic
The Phoenix Suns are off to one of their hottest starts since the ’14-’15 season where they finished the year at 39-43 and 10th in the Western Conference. Although most teams in the NBA wouldn’t be happy with a below .500 start, the Suns fans have to happy with what they’ve seen from their new Head Coach Monty Williams and the addition of key pieces in Dario Saric, Frank Kaminski, Aron Baynes, and Ricky Rubio. After a great start to the season heading into Mid-November, the Suns sat at 7-4 and a top 5 seed in the West, things quickly changed once they hit a skid in Mid-November that has since taken them to 9-10 and out of the early playoff push. Phoenix has been ice cold as of late, after beating Atlanta at Home on November 14th, they have gone 1-6 in their next 7 games including 2, 3 game losing skids.
The Suns were sitting at 3-3 on the road and 2 games below .500 heading into their matchup Monday night with The Charlotte Hornets. Phoenix was also looking to avoid a 4-game losing skid on their 1st of 2 games on the road to start December. The Suns have looked to push the tempo all year long with Monty Williams new coaching style, leading to quick buckets on fast breaks, and out hustling their opponents on the Defensive end. On this night, the Suns prevailed beating the Hornets 109-104 with Devin Booker leading the way with 23 points on 7/15 shooting while the Suns finished the game with 44.3% shooting for the game and 9-42 shooting from the 3 point line. Rubio lead the team with 13 assists as he has done almost every game this year and team leading rebounder Saric finished with 10 boards. All around big man, Aron Baynes missed Monday’s game with a Calf Strain which will keep him out from Wednesday’s contest against Orlando. Ricky Rubio is also day-to-day with a left-hand injury he sustained Monday against Charlotte. Phoenix heads into Wednesday night looking to build on a positive start to December with back to back road wins.
The Orlando Magic are building off a strong ’18-’19 season that saw them in the playoffs as the 7 seed in the East after not making the playoffs since 2012. The Magic currently sit at 9-11 and are currently on a 2-game winning streak. After starting off the year at 3-7, the Magic have turned around their early season with the exception of a 3-game losing skid in late November. This young Magic team has found a way to hang in with the middle of the pack in the East through this early part of the season. 2nd year Head Coach Steve Clifford is trying to get this new and improved Magic team back to the playoffs and turned into a consistently winning basketball team.
The Magic are coming off back to back wins against The Warriors and The Wizards to start their December with Evan Fournier leading the way in points in both games, 32 against the Warriors and 31 against the Wizards. The Magic have added some key pieces to their team this offseason adding young guard Markelle Fultz, who had a career high 20 points against The Wizards on Monday night off a 9-17 FG%. The Magic as a team shot 51% from the field and 48% from 3. This Magic team has been off and on offensively all year, but what has been consistent is their defensive play. The Magic currently sit in 2nd for points allowed at 101.9 right behind the Milwaukee Bucks and are also 2nd in blocks with 6.7 right behind the Los Angeles Lakers. With the strength of their defense coming from Jonathan Isaac who is leading the league in blocks with 2.82 pg, Steve Clifford has this team playing great defense since game 1.
Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends
Suns 11-8 ATS
Suns 5-2 ATS on the Road
Suns 4-6 as Underdogs
Orlando 6-12-1 ATS
Orlando 7-2 as Favorites
Orlando 3-7-1 ATS at Home
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