Magic vs. Hawks odds, line: MLK Day NBA picks, predictions, best bets from model on 7-2 roll
SportsLine’s advanced computer model simulated Monday’s Hawks vs. Magic game 10,000 times
The Atlanta Hawks play host to a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day matchup against the Orlando Magic in State Farm Arena on Monday. Tipoff is at 3 p.m. ET and Atlanta is favored by a half-point with the over-under for total points scored at 221 in the latest Hawks vs. Magic odds. Atlanta is 14-31 on the season, while the Magic are 19-27. However, before you make your Hawks vs. Magic picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every game 10,000 times and is crushing its NBA picks this season. It entered Week 14 of the 2018-19 NBA season with a sterling 159-118 record on all top-rated picks, returning well over $3,000 to anybody following them.
And it was particularly red-hot on its A-rated NBA picks against the spread in Week 13, going a blistering 7-2. Anybody following it is up huge.
Now, it has set its sights on Magic-Hawks in the hometown of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We can tell you the model is leaning toward the over, but it also reveals which side of the spread is hitting more than half the time and providing all the value. You absolutely need to see it before you lock in any NBA picks of your own.
With a chance to bring Atlanta some pride on a very important day for the city, the Hawks will be leaning on rookie guard Trae Young to continue a recent hot streak at home.
Young is still a volume-shooting point guard who is trying to find more consistency in his game, but it’s extremely encouraging that he has scored at least 17 points in his past seven games, while shooting 40 percent from the floor or better in six of those contests. With John Collins as the only other real scoring option, if the Hawks get another big night from Young, it will be a huge boost in only their third game as a favorite all season.
As for the Magic, the model knows that the Orlando offense is going to run through center Nikola Vucevic, and he might be the best chance to cover the Magic vs. Hawks spread.
The Swiss 7-footer has led the Magic in scoring 19 times this season and Orlando is 10-9 straight up in those games. When somebody else leads the team in scoring, they’re 9-18. Vucevic is averaging 20.3 points and 11.9 rebounds, but he isn’t going to generate a ton of offense for himself outside of what he can get on the offensive glass.
He has had 56 percent of his made field goals on the season assisted, so he’ll need the Magic backcourt of Evan Fournier and D.J. Augustin to put in the work to get him touches to make another big scoring night possible. If they can all work together to make that a reality, the Magic will have the chance to end their five-game road losing streak on Monday.