NBA betting market report: Daily picks, advice for Wednesday 12/22

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Market Report for Wednesday, December 22nd

COVID is absolutely dominating the landscape of the NBA right now. Of the six games on the card tonight, five have multiple COVID absences for both teams playing. It is hard to find value in these numbers given the unknown impact of replacement players and potential late additions and scratches. I tried to make sense of all the absences today and give you as clear a picture of the card as possible.

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

**Lines are opening numbers

Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks (-8, 215.5)

Trae Young, Clint Capela and Danilo Gallinari are all likely to miss this game as they sit in COVID protocol. The good news is that Bogdan Bogdanovic, who has not played since Nov. 27 due to an ankle injury, is going to return tonight. Despite missing two starters and a key bench player Atlanta is still laying 7.5 against Orlando, which tells you all you need to know about the respect the market has for the Magic. It is also representative of the personnel issues Orlando is facing. Cole Anthony is questionable to play tonight with an ankle sprain, as is Wendell Carter Jr. who is dealing with a leg injury. There are also six Magic players in COVID protocol right now, including Terrence Ross and Mo Bamba. It is a messy situation for both rosters, so it isn’t surprising to see much movement off the opening line other than a half-point.

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