Magic vs Hawks NBA Odds, Picks and Predictions April 20

Updated: April 20, 2021

With a contrast in momentum and motivation, the Atlanta Hawks are double-digit NBA betting favorites for just the second time this season when they host the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.

Atlanta has won four of its last five and boasts an 8-2 SU and ATS mark over its past 10 games. Orlando, on the other hand, has won just once in its previous nine outings (3-6 ATS) and fields a roster void of star power. Put it together and the Hawks are facing a hefty spread.

These are our free NBA picks and predictions for Magic vs. Hawks on April 20.

Magic vs Hawks odds

Odds via the Covers Line, an average comprised of odds from multiple sportsbooks.

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Atlanta opened as a 12.5-point home favorite and is starting to tick up to -13 at some sportsbooks with early money on the Hawks. The total opened at 219.5 and is starting to trend downward, with books raising the vig on the Under and some moving as low as 218.5. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Magic: Michael Carter-Williams G (Out), James Ennis F (Out), Markelle Fultz G (Out), Jonathan Isaac F (Out), Otto Porter F (Out), Terrence Ross F (Out).
Hawks: Kris Dunn G (Out), Danilo Gallinari F (Out), De’Andre Hunter F (Out), Cam Reddish F (Out), Tony Snell F (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The Under is 11-4 in Hawks’ last 15 games as home favorites. Find more NBA betting trends for Magic vs. Hawks.

Against the spread (ATS) pick

This big point spread is warranted, given the trajectory of the two teams and the list of misfit toys rounding out the active roster for the Magic. Orlando is missing the bulk of its regular rotation due to injuries—at least what’s left over after trading away leading scorer Nikola Vucevic and starters Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier about a month ago.

Orlando’s awful results are to be expected. The team ranks among the bottom of the league in offensive production and is averaging less than 105 points per game this month, shooting a collective 43.8 percent from the floor. The defense is just as bad, allowing 118.5 points against in April. But again, this isn’t news to NBA bettors.

At 12.5 points, this is the biggest spread Atlanta has faced all season—perhaps a right of passage for those teams teetering on elite. The Hawks have been the hottest side in the NBA since firing former coach Lloyd Pierce in early March, bringing a 17-6 SU count into Tuesday since that decision.

However, a closer scan of Atlanta’s record reveals the team hasn’t faced much push back in this stretch. It’s picked apart poor teams while also avoiding star players from competent competition. In those rare matchups against tougher opponents, ATL hasn’t measured up in losses to Milwaukee, Phoenix, Denver and the L.A. Clippers.

On top of this softer sked, Atlanta has formed a bad habit in recent outings: blowing big leads. In the Hawks’ last three wins — Indiana, Toronto, and Charlotte — they botched leads of 20, 15 and 17 points. They managed to hang on for the victory and cover after some sweaty moments but were facing short chalk or underdog spreads in those contests. Tuesday’s spread is a mountain for any NBA team.

A trip to New York to play the red-hot Knicks tomorrow night folds a lookahead spot into the mix and leaves us wondering if Atlanta will be focused on closing out Orlando in the fourth quarter or if those blown leads will leave the backdoor wide open for the lofty underdog.

If you believe in Magic, wait to see how high this spread will climb after public perception tacks on some extra points. Some shops have already started moving to Orlando +13 as of early Tuesday morning.

PREDICTION: Orlando +12.5 (-110)

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Over/Under pick

We can’t ask much from the Magic’s mystery men in terms of offense, which is why this total is sub-220 to begin with. Orlando has gone Over in eight of its last 10 overall but that has more to do with the defensive shortcomings over the past month.

The Hawks have slowed things down under coach Nate McMillan, posting a pace rating of 96.90 since he took over the sidelines—fifth-slowest in the NBA since March 1. That’s a contrast in attack from Pierce’s pace (99.67) which ranked in the middle of the league through the first three months of the schedule.

Atlanta is still dealing with injuries, which have ravaged this lineup over the past month, missing stretch forward Danilo Gallinari and backup forward Tony Snell while still playing without second-year standouts Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter. Health is a big concern for Atlanta with the postseason looming and McMillan will be quick to protect his fragile rotation in the first game of back-to-back contests.

The lookahead to a Big Apple battle on Wednesday could have ATL reserving energy and star power in the final 24 minutes of action, especially if the Hawks put some space between them and Orlando on the scoreboard early.

PREDICTION: Under 219.5 (-110)

Player prop pick

Someone’s got to shoot the basketball for the Magic and it might as well be rookie guard Cole Anthony.

The North Carolina product has had the green light since returning to Orlando’s lineup following a rib injury that took more than a month to heal. In his seven games back, Anthony is averaging almost 13 points and 5.6 assists while also rounding up nearly five rebounds a night.

The Hawks have watched rival guards post 68.8 points per game this month (23rd in the NBA) while tallying 15.5 assists and 26.4 rebounds a contest.

The 6-foot-3 Anthony is coming off a 19-point, nine-rebound, four-assist effort in the loss to the Rockets, playing 33:58 minutes on Sunday—his second-highest playing time total of the season.

PREDICTION: Cole Anthony Over 26.5 points + assists + rebounds (-104)

Magic vs Hawks betting card

  • Orlando +12.5 (-110)
  • Under 219.5 (-110)
  • Cole Anthony Over 26.5 points + assists + rebounds (-104)

Picks made on 4/20/2021 at 8:31 a.m. ET

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