The Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat are set to square off in a Southeast Division matchup at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday at FTX Arena. Miami is 1-1 overall, while the Magic are 1-2. The Heat have dominated this rivalry in recent meetings, winning five of their last six games against Orlando.
Miami is favored by 13 points in the latest Heat vs. Magic odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 211.5. Before entering any Magic vs. Heat picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.
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- Heat vs. Magic spread: Heat -13
- Heat vs. Magic over-under: 211.5 points
What you need to know about the Heat
Miami fought the good fight in its overtime contest against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday but wound up with a less-than-desirable result, falling 102-91. The top scorer for the Heat was Tyler Herro, who finished with 30 points. Center Bam Adebayo also had a strong showing in the loss, recording a double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds.
The Heat enter Monday's matchup averaging 114.0 points per game this season, which ranks ninth in the NBA. However, Miami is just 1-5 in its last six games against an opponent from the Eastern Conference.
What you need to know about the Magic
Meanwhile, the Magic didn't have too much breathing room in their game with the New York Knicks on Sunday, but they still walked away with a 110-104 victory. Orlando can attribute much of its success to point guard Cole Anthony, who shot 5-for-9 from downtown and almost finished with a triple-double with 29 points, 16 boards, and eight dimes. For the season, Anthony is averaging 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.
Orlando has lost seven of its last eight games against an opponent from the Eastern Conference, but the Magic has fared well when playing against Miami on the road. In fact, the Magic are 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games against the Heat.
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