Bet on a fast start in Hawks-Magic game and today’s NBA odds and best bets

We’ve got a busy night in the NBA with 13 games, including what should be an exciting matchup between a young Hawks team and a Magic side aiming for the last playoff spot in the East. We’re here to bring you the must-read betting notes from around the Association to help beat the odds.

Scoring against a terrible defense

The Spurs are 6-point road favorites as they travel to Washington to take on the Wizards. San Antonio have won 22 of the last 25 in the head-to-head.

The Spurs are fresh off a blowout loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday, scoring only 85 points. Look for San Antonio to light up the scoreboard versus a Wizards team surrendering 116.8 points per game on 47.8 percent shooting. Back the Spurs Over their team total of 115.

Emphasis on a quick start

The Magic have won five straight home games, and five of the last six at home versus the Hawks. Today Orlando are 8.5-point favorites as they take on Atlanta who will be without Kent Bazemore, Dewayne Dedmon, Kevin Huerter, and Omari Spellman.

The Hawks, surprisingly, have been one of the Association’s highest scoring first quarter teams averaging 33 points over their most recent three games, and are coming off a game where they put up 42 versus the 76ers.

Orlando have not been known to get out to fast starts, but with playoff urgency they have been averaging 31.3 over their most recent three. Look for both teams to find success early and back Over the first quarter total of 58.5.

Trending towards the Under

When the Celtics and Pacers meet up, it is usually Boston who come away victorious, winning seven of the last 10 games. Those games tend to be low scoring with the Under cashing in 10 of the last 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Both teams rank first and fifth in opponent points per game, and fourth and fifth in opponent shooting percentage. The Under has hit in 12 of Boston’s last 18 on the road, and 10 of Indiana’s most recent 14 overall. With both teams placing an emphasis on defense, look for another low scoring game and back Under the total of 214.5.

Limping into the postseason

The Pistons have struggled away from Detroit, winning only one of their last eight road games, and four of their previous 19 in Oklahoma City. Today the Pistons are 10.5-point underdogs against the Thunder.

The Under has cashed in eight of the last nine games in the head-to-head, and eight of the Thunder’s most recent 11 at home. Offensively Detroit has struggled, putting up less than 100 points in three of the last five overall. and might still be without Blake Griffin who is questionable with a knee injury. Take Under the game total of 215.5.

Shutting down the point

Despite the Blazers winning eight of their most recent nine games, they are still 6.5-point underdogs as they travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets. C.J. McCollum remains out for an extended period while the Blazers will also miss center Jusuf Nurkic who will the rest of the season after a gruesome leg injury.

The Nuggets have been one of the best in the Association at limiting opposing point guards holding them to 19.6 points on 41.9 percent shooting. This is a tricky matchup for Portland’s Damian Lillard who has not been shooting the ball well lately, making no more than eight field goals over his most recent three games. Look for his struggles to continue and bet Under his point total of 24.5.