2020 Season NBA Basketball Past Picks
December 23, 2020
Miami vs. Orlando
Wednesday 12/23 07:05 PM Eastern
1 unit on Orlando +170 (moneyline) (risk 1 to return 2.7) RESULT: WIN
Miami figures to have a hangover after coming so close in the NBA Finals just a little more than two months ago and they won't have Jae Crowder, who signed with Phoenix. Orlando won the first game of a playoff series with Milwaukee and then lost the next four, but the Magic gained valuable experience and still have Nikola Vucevic, who averaged 19.6 points and 10.9 rebounds last season. The teams last met on March 4, when the Magic covered as a 6.5-point underdog while losing 116-113. Heat superstar guard Jimmy Butler, who was spectacular in the postseason, will be on limited minutes in the early season to give his legs some rest. Orlando is also depending on rookie point guard Cole Anthony, who scored the game-winner in the Magic's preseason game against Charlotte on Friday. Take the Magic on the moneyline.