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NBA Best Bets for Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022

Our VI NBA handicapping experts have compiled their best bets for Wednesday, Jan. 26th.

  • Los Angeles Clippers at Orlando Magic (NBA League Pass, 7:00 p.m.)

Los Angeles Clippers at Orlando Magic

Best Bet: Magic +1.5 (-110)

Not sure what the Clippers can do for an encore tonight in Orlando, as even the nearby Disney characters might show up at Amway Center to salute LA for a historic comeback last night in D.C. when spotting the Wiz a 35-point second quarter lead and rallying to win, and the NBA’s second-biggest comeback in history (only the Jazz rallying from 36 down to collar the Nuggets in November of ‘96 rates better).

Moreover, even Patrick Mahomes would long on in awe of recent rallies by the Clips, the new comeback kids of the NBA after notching their third win of this month after trailing by 24 or more. Adding to the oddities of last night was Luke Kennard scoring 7 points in the final nine seconds, including a rare 4-point play, to complete the fightback.

Needless to say, that’s going to be a tough act to follow, and the Magic hasn’t been embarrassing itself lately, competitive in most of its losses and even off of a handy win on Sunday vs. the Bulls. The knee-jerk reaction is to look against Orlando after a rare win, but as local resident Lee Corso might say, “Not so fast, my friend,” as the Magic has actually covered in the game immediately following three of its last five outright wins.

It is worth noting that in the win vs. the Bulls, Jamahl Mosley had his original starting lineup (Cole Anthony, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Wendell Carter Jr. and Mo Bamba) together and on the floor for the first time in nine weeks after outscoring foes by 11.4 points per 100 minutes of possession back in October and November.

Bamba’s foul trouble limited the combo to only a handful of minutes together, but in a season where good news has been hard to come by for the Magic, these developments seem like nirvana. Remember that it wasn’t easy for Ty Lue’s bunch in the first meeting at LA, either, barely surviving 106-104 on Dec. 11 thanks to a last-second Reggie Jackson bucket.

VI NBA Handicappers Best Bet Tracker (47-38-1, +850)

  • Magic +1.5 (-110)

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