Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks – NBA April 20

Magic (18-39, 8-19 road) at Hawks (31-26, 15-11 home)

  • Time: 4PM PST – 6PM CST – 7PM EST
  • Place: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
  • TV: Bally Sports Florida | Bally Sports Southeast | NBA League Pass

Opening Tip

The struggling Orlando Magic have lost eight out of nine and are now only 0.5 games ahead of the Detroit Pistons for the last spot in the Eastern Conference. The Magic are playing a youthful roster as the franchise awaits the end of the season and a potential No. 1 draft pick.

Atlanta continues to crest since Nate McMillan took over the Hawks as they have now won eight of their last ten and have the 4-seed in the Eastern Conference by half-game over Boston and Charlotte.

This is the second meeting of the season between the two Southeast Division foes after the Hawks took a 115-112 win in Atlanta on March 3.

The Hawks have a narrow 61-60 advantage in the series with a 38-21 mark in the A-T-L.

Key Injuries

  • Orlando MagicMichael Carter-Williams (ankle) – Day to Day; James Ennis (calf), Otto Porter (foot), Terrence Ross (back) – OUT
  • Atlanta HawksTony Snell (ankle) – Day to Day; Cam Reddish (Achilles), De’Andre Hunter (knee), Danilo Gallinari (foot), Kris Dunn (ankle) – OUT

Vs. The Spread

Magic (19-38 ATS):

  • Orlando is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of the Magic’s last 10 games
  • The Magic check in at 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. the Hawks

Hawks (24-32-1 ATS):

  • Atlanta checks in at 8-2 ATS in it’s last 10 games
  • The OVER in 6 of the Hawks’ last 9 games vs. the Magic
  • The Hawks are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 homes games

Last Time Out

The Magic fell to the Rockets, 114-110 on Sunday night as Houston led by 14 early in the fourth quarter before Houston rallied to cut it to three inside of a minute. Dwayne Bacon led all five Orlando starters in double figures with 22.

The inside-outside tandem of Trae Young and Clint Capela was too much for the Indiana Pacers as the Hawks took a 129-117 win in Indianapolis on Sunday night. Young led with 34 points while Capela had 25 points and 24 rebounds.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Magic +12 (-110) +650 O 217.5 (-110)
Hawks -12 (-110) -900 U 217.5 (-110)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

Advantage, Orlando

Orlando Magic LogoMethod of attack may go out the window for now as the Magic have a young roster with pieces as the brass is trying to find out who fits where. Dwayne Bacon (10.4 ppg) is the most experienced and will need to continue to develop his leadership skills with this young group. This is the worst shooting team in the NBA as it sits at 43.2 percent, but with all the comings and goings on the roster, that number is skewed.

Wendell Carter has been Orlando’s leading scorer (14.3 ppg) since coming over from the Bulls 12 games ago as the Magic hope his inside presence continues to bolster a two-point attack that is last in the NBA at 47.9 percent.

Key Magic Stat:

Rookie Chuma Okeke (7.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg) is a solid starter now for coach Steve Clifford as he has 14 starts and 12 dating back to March 26 vs. Portland. The Auburn product has averaged 14 points in his last two games where he is 4-for-10 from three. Okeke has double figures in points in seven games since becoming a starter.

Magic Fact:

Cole Anthony (11.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.2 apg) has had a solid rookie season even with his injuries as he has scored in double figures 19 times as his career high is 21 vs. Charlotte on Jan. 25. The North Carolina rookie is certainly a key building block for the future of the franchise.

Advantage, Atlanta

Atlanta Hawks LogoThe Hawks are playing to solidify their position in the Eastern Conference standings and they bring a solid offensive attack into their games now as they have shot 40.1 percent from three since McMillan took over while stopping other team’s triples at a 34.5 percentage. This team is confident now as well as it outscores it’s opponents by 3.5 points in the fourth quarter.

Key Hawks Stat:

Trae Young and Bogdan Bogdanović lead Atlanta’s three-point attack as Young is also getting to the line as he has found himself there 37 times in his last three games played where he has netted 33. Bogdanović has averaged 21.5 points per game in his last four outings as he has picked up his scoring with some many Atlanta injuries. He has made 24-of-47 threes over that stretch.

Hawks Fact:

In Sunday’s win over Indiana, the Hawks placed four players with 23 or more points each – Young (34), Capela (25), Bogdanović, and Kevin Huerter (23, each). It marked the first time since 1989 that Atlanta had four players accomplish this feat. Huerter keeps contributing at a high level as he has nine straight games at small forward where he has at least ten points and one made three in each game.

Winner: Hawks (-12) 117, Magic 103

The Bets
Atlanta Hawks -12
-110
Atlanta Hawks
-900
OVER 217.5
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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