Playing in the Southeast Division of the NBA’s Eastern Conference, the Orlando Magic are one of two Florida-based teams in the league. A natural rivalry with the Miami Heat has developed over the years playing in the same division.
Orlando Magic Team Overview
The Magic came into the NBA as an expansion franchise ahead of the 1989/1990 season. They first qualified for the postseason five seasons later behind the play of a young Shaquille O’Neal.
The NBA great only played in Orlando for four seasons before coming into his own with the Los Angeles Lakers. Shaq led the Magic to the NBA Finals in 1995, but his team came up well short against the Houston Rockets in a four-game sweep. He signed with LA as a free agent after that season.
Orlando’s other greats included Tracy McGrady and Dwight Howard. While the team routinely qualified for the postseason, its season usually came to an end with an early exit from the playoffs.
Howard was able to lead the Magic back to the championship series in 2009, but they were no match for Shaq and the Lakers in a 4-1 series loss. Since that loss, Orlando has failed to make the playoffs in seven of the previous 12 seasons.
Bettors looking to put money on an Orlando game tend to go against the Magic at home. Keep an eye on their performance ATS or against the spread.
For example, a spread bet on the Magic might look like this:
Magic +2.5-125 Heat -2.5 -105
In this example, for a spread bet on the Magic to pay out, Orlando would have to win the game, or not lose by more than 2.5 points. Should the Heat win, but only by 2 points, your bet on the Magic to "cover the spread" would pay out in your favor.
Betting on the Orlando Magic in Florida
If you want to bet on an Orlando game, you will have to go through a US-based sportsbook in a state that offers legal sports betting.
The Seminole Tribe briefly offered sports betting in Florida last fall through a mobile betting app. However legal issues concerning the tribe’s gaming compact with the state have shut things down for now. Online sports betting in Florida remains illegal.