Magic vs. Sixers odds, line: NBA picks, predictions from advanced computer model on 52-37 roll

On the cusp of getting back one of its best players from injury, the Philadelphia 76ers are looking to make a late-season push in an effort to improve their playoff positioning when they host the Orlando Magic on Tuesday. The Sixers (40-23) are 6-3 in their last nine games, but will be without center Joel Embiid (knee) for the sixth consecutive outing. Meanwhile, the Magic (30-35) are eighth in the East, but are 13-19 on the road. Tuesday’s tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET from the Wells Fargo Center, where Philadelphia has lost three of its last four. The 76ers are 3.5-point favorites in the latest Magic vs. Sixers odds, down from an open of six, while the over-under for total points scored is 223.5. You’ll want to see what the SportsLine Projection Model is saying about the game before making any Magic vs. 76ers picks.

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, is crushing its NBA picks. It entered Week 21 of the 2018-19 NBA season with a sterling 234-178 record on all top-rated picks, returning more than $4,000 to anybody following them. And it has been particularly red-hot on its A-rated NBA picks against the spread, entering Week 21 on a strong 52-37 run. Anybody who has followed it is way up. 

Now the model has dialed in on Magic vs. 76ers. We can tell you it’s leaning over, and it’s also generated a pick against the spread that cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. That one is available exclusively at SportsLine

The model knows Philadelphia has been without big man Embiid (27.3 ppg) since the All-Star Game, but he returned to practice on Monday. He is expected to return to the lineup at some point this week, but has been ruled out for Tuesday. Nevertheless, the Sixers are 22-15 against conference foes and have won their last three home games against the Magic.

Tobias Harris (21 ppg) has had the Magic’s number this season, scoring 28 as a member of the Clippers against them on Jan. 6 and 21 on Nov. 2 at Orlando. He has surpassed his average in five of his last eight games, including 32 against the Thunder last week. Jimmy Butler (back) has been hot, surpassing his average of 19.1 points per game the last two outings, and does not appear on the injury report.

But just because the 76ers have played well of late doesn’t guarantee they’ll cover the Magic vs. Sixers spread Tuesday. 

The model also knows Orlando leads the all-time series 76-37 and has won eight of 11, but is coming off a 107-93 defeat at Cleveland. The Magic are 21-18 against conference foes and have won five of seven on the road. Orlando has a stingy defense, which is fourth in the league in points allowed at 106.7 per game.

Forward-center Nikola Vucevic (20.7 ppg) has been hot, surpassing his average in four of the past five games, including 28 at Cleveland. He had 30 in the Nov. 14 meeting with the 76ers and 27 at Philadelphia on Oct. 20. Guard-forward Evan Fournier (14.9 ppg) had 31 in the first meeting.

Who wins Magic vs. Sixers? And which side of the spread can you bank on in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Magic vs. 76ers spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up more than $4,000 on its NBA picks this season, and find out.

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