NBA Pick San Antonio at Orlando 12-23-10

December 23, 2010


San Antonio Spurs at Orlando Magic

Thursday December 23, 2010

Line: Orlando -2

The Spurs are fresh off a 109-103 over the Melo-less Nuggets just yesterday. They now must travel to the new and improved Magic with a 10 game winning streak. Orlando has now lost 4 straight.

Stats to consider:

San Antonio Spurs:

  • San Antonio is 25-3 with a 9-1 road record.
  • Points per game: 106.9 (4th)
  • Points allowed per game: 97.9 (15th)
  • Rebounds per game: 41.9 (12th)
  • Assists per game: 24.2 (2nd)

Orlando Magic:

  • The Magic are 16-12 with a 9-5 home record.
  • Points per game: 96.1 (21st)
  • Points allowed per game: 93.2 (5th)
  • Rebounds per game: 42.1 (10th)
  • Assists per game: 18.3 (28th)

What to watch for:

  • Look out for the Spurs Big 3. SG Manu Ginobili leads the team with 19.8 PPG and 1.8 SPG. PG Tony Parker leads the team with 7.1 APG and is 2nd in scoring with 17.7 PPG. C Tim Duncan leads the team with 9.7 RPG and 2.1 BPG. Duncan also is averaging 14 PPG.
  • I want to see how the new Magic will fit into their system. SF Hedo Turkoglu could be a huge piece to what the Magic want. The year the Magic went to the Finals, Hedo was a huge piece. PG Gilbert Arenas looks like he could factor into the scoring as the Magic currently rank 21st in PPG. SG Jason Richardson will have a big role in the starting lineup and F Earl Clark has shown some good things for the Magic.

Most sports picks focus on consistency. Their hasn’t been a more consistent team in the NBA other than the Spurs. They are coming off a win just last night, and could struggle following the quick bounce-back game. The Magic only have 2 games with their new acquisitions. I still think it will take some time for this Magic squad to get it all together. This one will be close, but the Spurs have been too good this season.

Free NBA Pick: San Antonio +2

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