5* MAGIC/HEAT NBA ABC ABSOLUTE SMASH
Orlando vs. Miami,
02/19/2012 15:30 EDT,
Score: 78 - 90
Point Spread: +9/-102 Orlando
The Magic are simply catching too many points in this prime time matchup. I think a lot of people will be quick to jump on the Heat in revenge, as the Magic beat them 102-89 at home earlier this month. I believe the oddsmakers have inflated the line here knowing the public will be on Miami. As good as the Heat have been playing, the Magic come in playing their best basketball of the season. THe have won four straight and 8 of their last 10 overall.
Orlando is simply a tough matchup for the Heat, as Dwight Howard really makes it hard for James and Wade to get all those easy baskets driving to the hoop. Orlando has either won or covered each of the last four meetings between these two teams, with no loss coming by more than 4-points.
Orlando is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. A lot of people overlook the fact that Miami is returning home off a six game road trip. The Heat are just 5-12 ATS in their last 17 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days. BET THE MAGIC!