Orlando Magic vs Philadelphia 76ers Preview

Orlando Magic vs Philadelphia 76ers NBA Preview

Written by on February 22, 2016

This Tuesday, the Philadelphia 76ers host the Orlando Magic. The Magic (24-30) are in fifth place in the Southeast Division and are coming off a 105-102 home loss to the Indiana Pacers. The Sixers (8-47) are in fifth place in the Atlantic Division. In their last game, they were routed 129-103 in Dallas. Get the updated NBA online odds anytime soon.

Orlando Magic vs Philadelphia 76ers NBA Preview

When: Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7:00 PM ETWhere: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PATV: CSNPRadio: Philadelphia 76ers Radio NetworkLive Stream: NBA LiveNBA Odds: TBA 

Why should you bet on the Sixers?

Even though Philadelphia only has eight wins, they are a team that can sneak up on unsuspecting opponents who think that the win will be easy. It took a buzzer-beating three-pointer for Golden State to knock off Philadelphia, and the Sixers were up eight on Dallas during the second quarter of their matchup before the Mavericks went on a 31-11 run to finish the first half of that game. So if the point spread is more than 10, you might consider the Sixers, as Orlando might fall prey to that same illusion that the game is a cakewalk.

Why should you put your money on Orlando?

The Orlando Magic are a young team that is slowly starting to coalesce as a talented bunch. They got off to a good start but then fell into a big ditch, only recently climbing out with a home-and-home sweep of the Atlanta Hawks before the All-Star Game and an overtime win over Dallas. Their loss to the Pacers was more a testament to the renaissance of Paul George than to poor play by the Magic. The Magic have played 14 games that have been decided by three points or fewer — the most such games in the league. So far, Orlando has lost nine of those games, so you can see that just a swing of a couple of those contests would have the team at .500. This is a matchup of two fifth-place teams, but the Magic are far ahead of the Sixers.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think that the Magic will continue their recent spate of solid play and hold off the Sixers on the road, 102-90.