The Philadelphia 76ers haven’t missed a beat since Joel Embiid returned from an injury. The 76ers are on a three-game winning streak after two straight wins with Embiid leading the way.
They’ll look to extend that winning streak to four with a road game against a struggling Orlando Magic squad.
The Magic have lost four of their last five games but are still 22-19 on the NBA season. They also just played four straight road games and will not have the opportunity to play back home in the Kia Center.
However, the 76ers already defeated the Magic, 112-92, at the Kia Center in late December. Can Philadelphia earn another win and cover against the Magic?
The oddsmakers have the line at -4.5 for the 76ers, with the total currently at 225.5, however, the Under is juiced to -115.
76ers vs Magic Odds & Trends
The 76ers have gone 26-13 against the spread and are also 26-13 straight up. They’ve been remarkably consistent, especially when Joel Embiid is in the lineup.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia is also 10-7 on the road and has hit the Over in 23 of 39 games this season.
On the other hand, the Magic might be 22-19 on the season. But they’ve covered 27 of 41 games this year. The NBA team isn’t good on the road, but the Magic are 13-5 at home. They’ll be back home for this game against the 76ers.
Still, Orlando is known for playing in lower-scoring games, hitting the Under in 18 of 41 games this year.
Head-to-head, the Magic have only earned a win in one of the last ten games. Orlando has also been 3-7 against the spread when facing the Sixers since May of 2021.
Could Philadelphia Add Klay Thompson?
The 76ers are 26-13 and heavily considered one of the best teams in the NBA this season. With that, Philadelphia will do anything to improve their team before the NBA Trade Deadline.
Klay Thompson is a popular name that continues to surface in the Philadelphia media. Thompson is currently +300 to land with the 76ers if he doesn’t stick around with the Warriors.
Golden State has had a below-average season and is expected to move on from all major pieces but Steph Curry by the Trade Deadline.
Thompson would bring the 76ers great shooting and a veteran presence that would be helpful in the locker room. He’s struggled a lot this season, only scoring 17.3 points per game at 33 years old. He’s also hit just 42.4% from the field and 38.6% from three.
But he wouldn’t have to be the main guy in the offense. He’d be more of a three-and-key guy and just need to complement Embiid and Tyrese Maxey.
If he had less pressure on his shoulders, he might play better. That’s something that the 76ers will weigh before the deadline hits in February.
Welcome Back, Jonathan Isaac!
The Orlando Magic have been waiting for Jonathan Isaac to return to the rotation. He returned to the floor about three weeks after his injury and scored only 4.3 points per game in his last three games.
The NBA box score isn’t a tell-all.
Head coach Jamahl Mosley believes Isaac has done an excellent job protecting the rim. He’s also able to guard anyone on the floor. He also had a game with two steals and other games with at least six rebounds in a limited number of minutes.
Isaac is a game-changer defensively and will be an x-factor type player for Orlando if they want to find a way into the NBA Playoffs this season.
An Interesting Matchup!
This game should be an intriguing one. Yes, the 76ers dominated the Magic earlier in the season. However, the stats portray areas where the 76ers will dominate and other areas where the Magic will win in the NBA matchup.
Philadelphia defends at a high level. The 76ers have held teams to 112.7 points per 100 possessions and have limited teams to a 52.9% effective field goal percentage.
The 76ers should even have success earning turnovers against a Magic offense that has turned the ball over 14.7% of the time this season.
While the Magic aren’t shooting the ball very well, the offense has added 28.9% of offensive rebounds and gets to the foul line at a rate of 22.8, which is fifth-best in the NBA.
The Magic won’t shoot the ball effectively and will turn the ball over. But they’ll also get second-chance points and add a solid portion of foul shots in this game.
On the other hand, the Magic are just as good defensively, holding teams to 112 points per 100 possessions. They’ll also give up foul shots to the 76ers but should at least keep Philadelphia off the offensive glass more than the 76ers will keep the Magic away from it.
The 76ers don’t shoot a high effective field goal percentage but still turn the ball over just 12.1% of the time. While the 76ers won’t earn a high field goal percentage, they have low turnovers. It’ll be interesting because the Magic have earned 15.6% of turnovers. Orlando is very good at forcing mistakes, and the 76ers are great at limiting errors. Something will have to give in this game.
We reviewed the 76ers vs Magic odds, and with our NBA free picks, we’ll rock the 76ers at -4.5. They’re the more consistent team on both ends of the floor. Philadelphia is also much more reliable with Embiid around.
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