Orlando Magic vs. Miami Heat, first week of the season, expectations this year are much larger than the previous season, this year the teams are better prepared and have new strategies to win the most important games. The home team last season ended with a very negative record, more than double the losses and the worst was that they lost most of the games at home. The visitors had a better record, they went far in the season and had some action in the post season.
Miami Heat: New opportunity.
Last season’s record for the Heat was positive with 45 wins and 42 losses, overall the team performed well, but they could not do anything in the post season against the 76ers, they were completely massacred 4-1 and lost two games at home. Last year starting the season they lost to the Magic 109-111 at home, in fact the Heat only won 1 game of the first seven in the regular season.
The new players for this season are: Justine Winslow, Charles Cooke, DeAndre Ligging, Udonis Haslem, Jamell Stokes, Briante Weber, Derrick Jones, Duncan Robinson, Wayne Ellington, Yante Maten. In addition, Dwayne Wade has a new contract with the team.
Orlando Magic: At home we have problems.
Last year the season was bad for the Magic, 25 wins and 57 defeats, one of the worst records for the team in recent years. The worst losing streak was seven games in February, 4 games lost at home during this losing streak. This year the team hopes to have a better performance at home, since last year they barely won 35% of the games at home. The historic record against the Miami Heat is 40 wins and 51 losses, the last four games were in 2017, two wins and two losses for each, the Heat won a game at home and lost another on the road, the same for the Magic .
Timofey Mozgov probably has action tonight, he is averaging 6.8 points per game, 0.6 assists and 53.5% in field goal. Mozgov has remained above 73% in free throws. Another important player for tonight is Nikola Vucevic with 14.8 points per game, 9.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 49.9% in field goals.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Orlando Magic vs. Miami Heat 10/17/2018
is: take the Miami Heat -2.5 (runline).
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