Washington Wizards at Orlando Magic Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 4/10/2014
Friday, April 11, 7:00 PM on CSNB, FSFL
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
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Washington is in a good spot as they head into their first playoff appearance since 2008. They've clinched the postseason and have three of the final four games coming against Orlando, Milwaukee, and Boston to help stave off Charlotte and avoid Indiana in the 1st round. The final stretch begins Friday night in Orlando where the Magic continue to scratch somewhat.
The Wizards went only 5-5 in a 10 game stretch from March 20th to April 5th but that record is more than enough to stay afloat in the Eastern Conference. Oddsmakers still aren't giving Washington credit as they made them favorites just 4 times in that span (4-6 ATS).
The Orlando defense is in the upper half of the NBA but they weren't able to match that on the offensive end as they miss the playoffs for the second straight year. They've been mired in the bottom 3 of the East all year but have put up a decent fight lately. From March 25th to April 5th Orlando went 3-3 including upsets over playoff bound teams Portland and Charlotte. The Magic finish out the year against Brooklyn, Chicago, and Indiana so Friday at home against Washington could legitimately be their last chance at a W for this season.
The Wizard own the season series 3-0 and look for the sweep against their Eastern Conference cohorts. Washington has been favored each game but has gone just 1-1-1 ATS this season, most recently a 105-101 win as 5 point favorites on March 14th.
Washington is 24-15-0 ATS on the road this season
Washington is 23-16-0 against the over/under on the road this season
Orlando is 20-17-1 ATS at home this season
Orlando is 22-16-0 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
04/07/14 F Trevor Ariza Illness probable
02/24/14 F Nene Knee out indefinitely
04/07/14 C Nikola Vucevic Achilles questionable
Josh's Pick: Take Washington
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