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Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) tries to drive past Orlando Magic forward Chuma Okeke (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

SUNS VS. MAGIC MARCH 8

Kyle Barrette

Coming off one of the worst beats of the entire season, where if you were a Suns +9 bettor, you never want to hear about it again, but for those of you who don’t know, the Suns actually had a one-point lead with just about three minutes to go in the game and ended up giving up a 12-1 run and losing the game by 10 points. Obviously, for the Suns, it’s the fact that they ended up losing the game like that, not necessarily by 10, but can they bounce back here? Let’s break this matchup down and find out.

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Magic:
Orlando is coming off a blowout loss against the Grizzlies, but has shown some promise lately. By promise, I mean the team has gotten players back and is slightly more competitive. They have still lost six of their last nine by eight points or more. The Magic struggles on offense, to say the least. They rank 28th in points scored with 104 per game. Defensively, they are a little better, but not much, as they rank 22nd, giving up 112 points per game. It would be one thing if the Suns were cruising along, overlooking the Magic and sneaking in a back door cover, but that is not the case heading into tonight’s game. Coming off that loss, Orlando will truly have to work some magic to come out with the victory in this one.

Suns:
Phoenix has lost three of their last five games, and if not for a buzzer-beating three-pointer, it would have been four out of five. This team is dealing with some injuries as Chris Paul and Devin Booker remain out. With a 51-13 record the Suns are not used to losing three out of every five games and especially the way the last game ended this team is ready to blow someone out. We saw the depth and talent this team has going toe to toe with the defending champs at full strength, while their top two players were not in the game. The Suns will be too much on both sides of the ball here.

Suns vs Magic Pick: Suns -6.5
This team should come out firing and this could be a long, ugly night for the Magic as the Suns will use this as a get right game and it could get ugly. Take the Suns at -6.5.

Same Game Parlay:
Suns -6, Deandre Ayton First Basket, Deandre Ayton to score 20+ Pts and Suns to win by 1-10 Pts.

SGP Odds +4489

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