The NBA is set up with another great slate of action on December 15. Eleven games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Atlanta Hawks and the Orlando Magic. These two teams have struggled early in the season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
Atlanta has earned a record of 13-14 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in tenth place of the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have lost two games in a row and four of their last five. Atlanta has not been able to get going early in the season after a strong push last season. I expect the Hawks to come out fast on the road in this one.
The Magic have put up a record of 5-23 throughout this season, which has them in fourteenth place of the Eastern Conference. Orlando has lost five games in a row and twelve of their last thirteen games. The Magic have struggled heavily throughout this season. Orlando will look to grab a big win at home on Wednesday night though.
These two teams have struggled throughout the season, but will look for a big win in this one. The Hawks have not been quite as bad, but they have not met expectations early in the season. Orlando has not found any rhythm. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win in this matchup.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Atlanta Hawks||-7 ½ (-110)||-330||Over 223 (-107)|
|Orlando Magic||+7 ½ (-110)||+276||Under 223 (-113)|
|Team Data||Atlanta Hawks||Orlando Magic|
|Away/ Home Record||5-8||2-8|
|PPG Away/ Home||109.6||95.9|
|PAPG Away/ Home||107.6||109.4|
- 11-16 ATS this season
- 8-10 ATS as a favorite
- 4-9 ATS in road games
- 2-4 ATS in December
- 3-2 ATS against division
- 3-8 ATS after non-Conference game
- 1-0 ATS after allowing 130 points or more
- 6-4 ATS against team with losing record
- 11-16 ATS this season
- 11-16 ATS as an underdog
- 2-7 ATS in home games
- 3-3 ATS in December
- 1-3 ATS when playing on two days rest
- 0-4 ATS against division
- 3-6 ATS after non-Conference game
- 5-7 ATS after loss by 10 or more points
- 2-6 ATS when playing team with losing record
The Hawks and Magic met up on November 15 in Atlanta. Cole Anthony dropped 29 points and 11 assists, but it was not enough. John Collins and Trae Young both finished with 23 points, while Clint Capela and Bogdan Bogdanovic both added 20 points. The Hawks dominated in route to a 129-111 win at home.
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) December 15, 2021
Field Goal Shooting
The Hawks have been solid shooting the ball this season. Atlanta has made 46.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 9th in the NBA. The Hawks have shot 38.3 percent from deep, which is 1st in the league. Atlanta has drained 80.5 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 6th in the NBA this season.
Orlando has struggled shooting the ball so far this season. The Magic have been shooting 42.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 28th in the league. Orlando has made 32.6 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 28th in the NBA. The Magic have sunk 76.6 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 20th in the league.
Atlanta has been much better shooting the ball throughout this season. The Hawks also have the edge on defense. Atlanta has held opposing teams to a 45.6 percent from the field, which is 20th in the NBA. The Magic have allowed opponents to a 46.4 percent from the field, which is 24th in the league. Orlando will look to step up on defense in this one.
Trae Young has been great for Atlanta throughout this season. Young has averaged 27 points and 9.4 assists per game. John Collins is averaging 17 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Bogdan Bogdanovic has averaged 11.6 points, while Clint Capela is averaging 11.5 points and 12.9 rebounds. Cam Reddish has averaged 11.2 points. Kevin Huerter is averaging 11.2 points per game to round out the lineup.
Cole Anthony has been the leader for the Magic on the season. Anthony is averaging 20.5 points per game. Franz Wagner has averaged 14.3 points per game, while Wendell Carter Jr. is averaging 13.1 points and 10 rebounds per game. Terrance Ross has averaged 10.8 points off the bench. Mo Bamba rounds out the lineup, averaging 10.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
These two teams have been led by their stars throughout the season. The Hawks have been the better team depth wise in this one. Atlanta could be missing Bogdanovic, while Mo Bamba is questionable for the Magic. If either team can have their bench step up in this one, it could be enough for the win on Wednesday night.
These two teams have struggled early in the season, but the Hawks are much better than their record implies. Atlanta was able to dominate the Magic in their first matchup and I think they can earn another win in this one. The Hawks have been the better team shooting the ball and I think their depth will lead them to the win on the road.
BetOnline has Atlanta listed as a -7 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Hawks on Wednesday night. Atlanta has been much better shooting the ball throughout the season and I think they will grab the win. The Hawks have struggled recently, but I think they can get back on track with a big win against Orlando.