The Orlando Magic have just four wins in the 31 games since the calendar flipped over to 2013. They’ve managed to salvage a 12-19 ATS record in that span, keeping most NBA bettors at an arm’s length.
Orlando, however, has been nothing but magical when the odds are stacked against it the most – like Wednesday’s 97-96 loss to the Miami Heat. Oddsmakers tagged the Magic as 15.5-point road underdogs in South Beach, and Orlando would have snapped the Heat’s 15-game winning streak if not for a last-second layup from LeBron James.
That close loss marked the ninth time the Magic have been double-digit underdogs this season, a role in which the team has posted a profitable 8-1 record against the spread. Despite going 2-7 SU in those games, Orlando has only lost by an average of 6.4 points in those seven defeats.
Bettors should have a few opportunities to see the Magic as double-digit dogs on the upcoming schedule. Orlando hosts the Indiana Pacers Friday and some ooddsmakers are offering a spread of Indiana -10.
Orlando has a home game with the Los Angeles Lakers on March 12, and hits the road to play the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Pacers and New York Knicks in the middle of the month. Following those games, the Magic host the Thunder and Heat on March 22 and 25.
For the season, Orlando is 17-45 SU and 27-34-1 ATS.