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The Orlando Magic was established in 1989 and is one of the most successful new expansion teams in the league. Notable stars like Shaquille O’Neal, Tracy McGrady, and Dwight Howard have played for the franchise, which has already made two NBA Finals appearances and won five division titles. Next to their Florida cousins, the Miami Heat, the Magic are the most successful of the 1988-1989 franchises. Recent struggles have made the Magic a tough team to bet on. The Orlando Magic’s odds to win the title have not been great. But their time to contend may come soon enough.
Orlando Magic’s Standings
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Bet On Orlando Magic’s Games
If you want to bet on NBA Orlando Magic, check out the money line. This is the part of sportsbooks that lists the price on the Magic to win. A minus number like -130 means they are favourites and a $130 bet returns $100. But if they are underdogs, they will be something like +115, meaning $115 is won on a $100 bet. Favourites are considered more likely winners hence the smaller profit and vice versa with underdogs.
Going big: the Magic enjoyed their most fruitful seasons under Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard, two of the NBA’s best centers for their time. O’Neal led the Magic to an NBA Finals appearance and a franchise-best 60 wins in the mid-nineties while Dwight led them back to the Finals again and their second-best franchise win total with 59 in the late 2000s. It’s not a coincidence; having a dominant center is a significant key to the success of not only the Magic but most NBA teams.
Far from Disneyland: home-court advantage has been big for the Orlando Magic. In 2015-2016, 65 percent of their wins have come from home and since 2012 have a 41 winning percentage versus a 22 percent winning road record. The Magic, however, is enduring the longest postseason drought in franchise history at four as of 2016 and noted disciplinarian and former Magic player, Scott Skiles only lasted one season. If the Magic are to contend again, they’ll need to do it quickly as their fans grow restless.
Division longshots: it may sound crazy at times, but making a prop bet on the Magic to win the division before the season starts may hold some value, especially if it pays over 10-1. Almost every season, there are a few NBA teams who surprise everyone with a massive turnaround and given the shaky nature of the Southeast Division, the Magic may steal the division as they did in 2008-10 and 2019.