NBA betting market report: Daily picks, advice for Wednesday 12/15

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Market Report for Wednesday, December 15th

It is Wednesday my dudes. That means we get a massive slate of NBA action!

*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back

**Lines are opening numbers

Atlanta Hawks (-7.5, 225) at Orlando Magic

Atlanta comes in 2-5 SU and ATS in its last seven games, a slide that coincides with the loss of Bogdan Bogdanovic to an ankle injury. His absence is a factor in this recent stretch of poor play, but the biggest culprit has been a defense that has allowed 114.8 points per 100 possessions during this seven-game stretch. That has led to the Hawks posting a -1.0 net rating despite having the seventh-best offense in the league over that span. Things will likely turn around against Orlando tonight, but even the worst offensive opponents can look better against a bad defense. The Magic have dropped 12 of 13 games, but they are 7-6-1 ATS in those contests despite a -12.3 net rating. It wouldn’t be surprising to see some support for Orlando here and have this number close slightly lower than its open. Given what we have seen from the Hawks on defense this season it is hard to swallow these many points on the road, even with an opponent like the Magic.

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