9 February 2018 at 03.00 Moscow time on Amway Center in Orlando will play local magic against Atlanta hawks. Both teams are located in the basement of the Eastern conference. However, for this match both teams are going with the series of two victories. Who has the best chance to extend their streak to 3 wins.
- Orlando Magic
- Atlanta Hawks
- Prediction and odds
Orlando 6th and 7th February we had to play two days in a row and this test, they withstood with dignity. First, beat away the Maim 11:109, and then at home Cleveland 116:98. Against Cleveland all his attacking power was demonstrated by the Wizards 61% hit rate 2 points to 27% per 3 points. Played Jonathan Simmons, who scored 34 points.
In the last quarter was also strangled the opponents tight defense, allowing a quarter to score only 9 points. These victories have undoubtedly improved mood magic, but if you look at the standings, the joy diminished. After all, Orlando is only 14th place in the Eastern conference.
Orlando need to win this match and try to cling to the top 8 of the East. Bright victory over Cleveland, of course, gives optimism. However, staffing problems make themselves known. Play Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon. Both of these players are top players. Vucevic leading center Wizards.
Another problem is the fact that Orlando will play 3rd match in 4 days.
But the power of Orlando in fast attacks, but in such circumstances may simply not enough forces to maintain a high pace. And the loss hit hard and the quality and depth of composition.
Atlanta is adjacent in the standings with the Orlando magic, completing the Eastern conference. But in the last 2 matches beat new York Knicks and Memphis, bringing his series of victories over teams in the Western conference to 5, collecting the scalps of the San Antonio (the 3rd team in the West), Minnesota (4th team in the West), Denver (6th team in the West), new Orleans (8th team in the West) and Memphis (12th team in the West).
Causes this respect, but Atlanta now it would be good to take a close look to the East. Hawks need to get out from the bottom of the conference and to join the struggle for a place in the playoffs. In General, the tasks exactly the same as Orlando, Yes to this match with the same series of victories.
The difference however is that in Atlanta all the team leaders healthy and have Atlanta not such a busy gaming schedule has been lately, and therefore forces the Hawks should have more.
Atlanta played their last match of the 7th February, and to him only the 4th of February. Played great defense Hawks in recent games.
You can also recall personal meetings this season. 7th Dec Orlando won in overtime, 110-106. In that game 83-75 in Atlanta was leading in the 4th quarter, but managed to keep it a comfortable advantage. 3-pointer, and D. J. Augustine 6 seconds before the end of regular time saved Orlando from defeat, turning the match into overtime (96:96). And by the way now injured striker Orlando Gordon was one of the best players of that match. He spent 45 minutes, scored 24 points and 15 rebounds.
10th Dec Atlanta took revenge on the home parquet, beating the Orlando 117:110. Injured and now downtown Orlando Vucevic became the first star of the match, scoring 31 points.
Prediction and odds
Both teams are underdogs in the Eastern conference and they need to get out of there. Both teams are in series of two victories. But at Orlando there is a loss in the face of top players (Gordon and Vucevic) and for Wizards this game will be a 3 for 4 day. But their power against Atlanta in tempo basketball. And in this chart may not be enough.
Bookmakers put the favorite in Orlando, putting them a factor of 1.6. I think we should look toward the guests in this match. Their victory is estimated quite well. Marathon, for example, the victory gives the Hawks of 2.48. It is possible and safer to play, odds guests +5 in the same Marathon of 1.78.