Preview: Orlando At Atlanta

When: 7:30 PM  ET, Friday, February 27, 2015
Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Matchup Edge
ORL Edge in: ATL
Points Per Game
Field Goal %
Free Throw %
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Rebounding
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Bench


The Atlanta Hawks raised their level of play on defense the last two games and look to continue the trend when the Orlando Magic visit on Friday. The Eastern Conference-leading Hawks allowed 86 points in a win over Milwaukee before beating Dallas 104-87 on Wednesday – giving up 53 in the final three quarters combined. “It feels good,” forward DeMarre Carroll told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “It feels like we are trusting each other. Guys have each others' back on the defensive end.”

The Magic split a pair against the Hawks this season and have shown improvement since James Borrego took over as interim coach, winning four of seven while allowing fewer than 100 points in all of them. Orlando must recover from letting an eight-point lead slip away in the final minute of a 93-90 overtime loss to Miami on Wednesday. Magic center Nikola Vucevic has averaged 25.8 points and 13.3 rebounds over the last four contests.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN Florida (Orlando), SportSouth (Atlanta)

ABOUT THE MAGIC (19-40): Orlando could easily be 6-1 in its last seven, but gave away Wednesday’s game and the Feb. 8 contest against Chicago when it coughed up a six-point lead in the final 32 seconds. “It’s very disappointing,” Magic forward Tobias Harris told reporters Wednesday. “We had the game. In no way should we walk out of here with a loss tonight.” Harris is second behind Vucevic (19.9) on the team in scoring with 17 per contest while Victor Oladipo is contributing 16.6.

ABOUT THE HAWKS (45-12): Guard Dennis Schroder came off the bench to top everyone with 17 points in the victory over Dallas while the starting lineup displayed its usual balance and consistency. Along with a defense that stands third in points against per game (96.6), the Hawks have five players averaging in double figures between Paul Millsap’s 16.8 and Carroll’s 11.8. Jeff Teague (16.7 points, team-high 7.3 assists), Al Horford (15.3 points) and Kyle Korver (12.8) have taken turns coming up big.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Orlando G Willie Green is averaging 12.5 points and shooting 55.9 percent from the field over the last four games off the bench. 

2. Korver leads the league in 3-point shooting percentage (50.6) and 171 makes from behind the arc through Wednesday’s games.

3.  Magic F Aaron Gordon is questionable due to a sprained right ankle sustained Wednesday. 

PREDICTION: Hawks 99, Magic 90

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Orlando 19-40 L1 9-19 10-21 0-2 19-38 4-8 12-25
Atlanta 45-12 W2 26-4 19-8 4-1 41-11 7-2 29-8

Last Meeting

Orlando Atlanta
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/13/14 ATL 99 ORL 100 100 36 50.0 99 41 41.7

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
ORL T. Harris 20 43.8 6
ATL J. Teague 24 44.4 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
ORL N. Vucevic 11 2 9
ATL P. Millsap 10 4 6
Assists Player  
ORL V. Oladipo 7
ATL J. Teague 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
ORL N. Vucevic 1134 53.6 138
ATL P. Millsap 1020 47.2 244
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
ORL N. Vucevic 645 184 461
ATL P. Millsap 481 116 365
Assists Player  
ORL E. Payton 383
ATL J. Teague 411

Quickchart Matchup

Orlando  Off vs  Atlanta Def
95.7 Points For
96.6 Points Against
45.7 FG%
43.4 FG%
40.9 Reb
43.7 Reb
Atlanta Off vs  Orlando Def
102.9 Points For
101.2 Points Against
46.7 FG%
46.4 FG%
43.7 Reb
43.3 Reb

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
-12.5
-110
199
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports.ag
-110
-12
-110
195.5
Sportsbook.ag
-110
-12
-110
195.5
5Dimes
-105
-12
-105
195
GTbets.eu
-110
-12
-110
195
Top Bet
-110
-11
-110
195.5
BetOnline.ag
-105
-12
-110
195
BetDSI
-105
-12
-110
195.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com
-114
-11.5
-114
198
Superbook.ag OFF OFF
BookMaker
-105
-12
-110
195.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate Las Vegas Superbook
-110
-11.5
-110
195
Mirage
-110
-12
-110
195.5
Station
-110
-11.5
-110
195
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Orlando Overall Atlanta
19-40 W/L 45-12
31-27-1 ATS 39-18-0
27-31-1 O/U 29-28-0
95.7 Pts For 102.9
101.2 Pts Against 96.6
Orlando A/H Atlanta
10-21 W/L 26-4
20-11-0 ATS 19-11-0
13-17-1 O/U 15-15-0
94.9 Pts For 102.5
100.9 Pts Against 95.4