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Will Thunder Overlook The Magic?

Posted by Craig Parsons on 3/20/2013 7:17:47 PM

In a matchup of one of the best teams in the NBA against one of the worst, Oklahoma City will look to show the professionalism it takes to win on a consistent basis.

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Orlando Magic – Friday, March 22
Betting line: No line

Why Oklahoma City Will Win

When football betting gurus pivot from pigskin and look at this NBA contest, they will realize that, first and foremost, Oklahoma City will have the three best players on the floor, if not more. Orlando is a team that was obviously decimated by the trade of Dwight Howard and is paying for it dearly at this juncture of the season.

The only question remaining for Orlando this season is whether or not it can lose enough games to get itself the most ping pong balls for the lottery. Oklahoma City is an astounding 30-4 in games against teams out of the current playoff structure. While one may ask, “Shouldn’t an elite team be great against non-playoff teams?”, the 30-4 record shows that Oklahoma City very rarely if ever takes nights off or looks past opponents.

For the most part, Oklahoma City handles its business against the weaker teams and doesn’t give games away like some teams in the upper echelon of the league tend to do. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will carve up the Magic most of the night. If all goes according to plan, one has to think the Thunder should have a comfortable lead by halftime that allows them to coast the rest of the way.

The two teams just played a week ago in Oklahoma, and the Thunder won by 13. A measure of familiarity exists for these two teams. Oklahoma City should be able to make the adjustments that allowed a bad basketball team to score over 100 points against one of the best defenses in the league. As the final 15 games arrive for the regular season and the Thunder sit right on the San Antonio Spurs' heels for the top seed in the Western Conference, games like these are simply layups they need to make in preparation for tougher games.

Why Orlando Will Win

Various online sports betting legal outlets are going to point out that the Magic might benefit from having played the Thunder so recently. The fact that Orlando just went to Oklahoma City and gave the Thunder something of a game has to give the team some confidence coming back home, infusing the Magic with the belief that they can compete with the Thunder. The Magic, despite a pronounced lack of success, have a pretty decent offense which tends to play higher-scoring games and is 12th in the NBA in field goal percentage. Shot selection will be big, since the Thunder love to get out and run off misses. Not giving up long rebounds or turning the ball over will help reduce that dilemma for Orlando. The Magic also move the ball well as a team; keeping the Thunder’s defense from getting comfortable could go a long way toward producing a victory.

Who Will Win

Get an appraisal on your home and then bet the market value on a Thunder money-line play. The Thunder are simply far too talented for Orlando and will get the season sweep on the road.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Oklahoma City

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