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Magic Travel to Nets in Revenge Game

Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 PM ET

Barclays Center

TV: FS Florida (Orlando), YES (Brooklyn) LINE: Nets -5.5; O/U: 218.5.

The Orlando Magic looks for revenge when they visit the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. The Magic blew a 21-point lead in last Friday’s 117-115 home loss against the surging Nets, when Aaron Gordon left the game for the final 9:19 with a stiff back.

Gordon has missed the last two games and his status for tonight remains questionable. The Orlando offense was balanced in Monday’s 122-103 win in Atlanta. Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier scored 29 points apiece, stepping up in Gordon’s absence. Terrence Ross (16) and D.J. Augustin (15) also scored in double figures to help the Magic put up their biggest offensive output since scoring 131 points against the Knicks on November 18.

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The Nets are on a roll. They have won their last four games, including an easy 123-94 home beat-down against the Kings last Monday (their largest margin of victory of the season). D’Angelo Russell finished with a career-high 40 points against the Magic last Friday. He also scored 31 points against the Kings, including seven 3-pointers to give him 15 in his last two games. With Russell leading the way, the Nets have won their last six home games and they’re 8-2 in January and 17-5 since December 7.

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The Under is:

6-2 in Orlando’s last eight games against Atlantic Division opponents

36-17 in Orlando’s last 53 games playing on 1 days rest

5-2 in Brooklyn’s last seven home games against a team with a losing road record

8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Brooklyn

Offense hasn’t been an issue for the Magic, even without Aaron Gordon, as they hit 50 percent of their shots against the Nets and 50.5 percent against the Hawks. They need to get their defense going again in order to have a chance against the Nets. That said, I’m looking at the Under here. Aaron Gordon might miss the game and the Nets and Magic rank 18th and 26th in pace, averaging 101.8 and 100.0 possessions per game respectively. Orlando needs to slow the tempo as part of their defensive plan.  

NBA Pick: Under 218.5 (-110) at Jazz Sports

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