RV: 6* TRIPLE 100% EAST CONF. NBA GAME OF THE YEAR $$$
Orlando vs. Philadelphia,
04/07/2012 20:00 EDT,
Score: 88 - 82
Point Spread: +5/-110 Orlando
On Saturday the Eastern Conf Top play is on Orlando. Game 505 at 8:05 eastern. The Magic are a team in turmoil and are battling a 5 game losing streak and problems with coach Van Gundy and star Center D. Howard. This is a televised game and most will be on Philly. Especially since most will think they will bounce back off a hideous blowout loss to Toronto an an 8 points favorite. So the Magic are quite the contrarian play here. Off to the database to examine the rare situation that pits a pair of teams that scored 80 or less at home in their last game. The results are one sided for the road team as, road teams with 1 day of rest are 9-1 straight up and 10-0 to the spread the last 18 years if both teams scored 80 or less at home. That alone gets me on the Magic. Digging deeper we see that Orlando has won 8 of the last 10 in the series and are a perfect 3-0 straight up as a road dog from +3.5 to +6 and 5-2 on the road when the total is 180 to 185. The Sixers have struggled in April games losing 17 of their last 21 and are 2-5 straight up as a home favorite from -3.5 to -6 and 8-20 to the spread in that role long term. Finally the rest does the Sixers no good as they are 0-3 this season on 2 days rest. Take the Points here as the Magic pull a rabbit out there hat.