NBA Predictions: Orlando Magic vs Miami Heat Picks and More

NBA Expert Jonathan Marci is back with his NBA picks for Monday's slate of NBA games. Check out his picks for Magic vs Heat, Nets vs Wizards, and Trail Blazers vs Clippers.
Jonathan Macri
Mon, October 25, 5:11 AM EDT

NBA Predictions: Orlando Magic vs Miami Heat Picks and More

Orlando Magic vs Miami Heat

When: Monday, October 25, 2021

Where to Watch: Bally Sports Florida

Spread: Miami Heat -14

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Orlando Magic vs Miami Heat Prediction

What a difference a couple games can make.

If you’d predicted this matchup between these Florida teams just 48 hours earlier, you’d probably feel pretty confident in the outcome. Miami opened their season by taking the defending champs to the woodshed, waxing the Bucks by 42 points. The Magic, meanwhile, lost by a combined 51 points to the Spurs and Knicks while sporting the youngest starting lineup in recorded NBA history. It wasn’t hard to see which way this one would go.

And now, in a series that has historically produced close matchups even when one of the teams is bad, both teams are feeling a little different about their chances. Those same inept Magic went into Madison Square Garden and played with exponentially more effort against the Knicks, coming back from a six-point fourth quarter deficit and upending New York behind 22 fourth quarter points from the human torch himself, Terrence Ross.

Miami, on the other hand, went into Indiana and looked like a different team than opening night, scoring only 91 point in overtime after putting up 137 on Milwaukee. Other than Tyler Herro (30 points on 28 shots), no Heat player could get anything going, and Miami struggled with Indiana’s defense against all night long as the Pacers exploited their lack of shooting with no Kyle Lowry on the floor.

Heat coach Erik Spolestra was noncommittal about Lowry’s chances of returning for this one, mentioning the possibility that he’d be out for multiple games. Even if he comes back though, Orlando seems to have found some confidence and discovered how much effort is required to win an NBA game.

Miami will probably still come out on top, but with a spread this large, the chance is there to take advantage. Go with the kids.

Orlando Magic vs Miami Heat Pick

Magic +14 (-109)

Washington Wizards vs Brooklyn Nets

When: Monday, October 25, 2021

Where to Watch: Yes Network

Spread: Nets -8

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Washington Wizards vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction

Had it not been for a complete and total fourth quarter implosion by the Philadelphia 76ers at home on Friday night, the Nets would be staring an 0-3 record square in the face. As it stands, they have still been outscored by 11.7 points per 100 possessions, which ranks 27th in the NBA ahead of only the Thunder, Magic and Pelicans. Worse yet, instead of owning their poor play, they’re already making excuses

After their second loss, a 16-point home loss to the upstart Charlotte Hornets missing Terry Rozier, head coach Steve Nash spoke about how James Harden was being used as the poster child for the NBA’s new rule changes and isn’t drawing the fouls he deserves. Cry me (and the rest of the NBA watching public) a river. The fact is that Harden has been bad, shooting under 40 percent from the field and from deep and failing to make up for it with his playmaking.

While Harden and Brooklyn will certainly rebound, blaming their cold start on something simple like poor 3-point shooting (36.2 percent, 15th in the league) or hot opponent shooting (53.3 effective field goal percentage, also right around league average) doesn’t hold water. They just haven’t been good.

The Wizards, meanwhile, are 2-0, have had two days off, and have already shown the ability to win in multiple ways, defeating the Raptors 98-83 and then the Pacers 135-134 without Bradley Beal.

This line assumes a bounce back is coming for Brooklyn any day now. Take advantage of what may be some real issues in Brooklyn as their third star continues to sit the season out.

Washington Wizards vs Brooklyn Nets Pick

Wizards +8 (-109)

Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers

When: Monday, October 25, 2021

Where to Watch: Bally Sports San Diego

Spread: Clippers -3

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Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers Prediction

Don’t call it a comeback.

We knew that of all the opening game anomalies, Damian Lillard going 0-of-7 from deep was the thing that would most certainly revert course. In Portland’s 134-105 waxing of the defending Western Conference Champion Phoenix Suns, Lillard got back on track a bit (2-of-7 from deep, 6-for-11 overall for 19 points) but still hasn’t really made his impact felt.

Enter Paul George and the Clippers. No one has had more of a history with PG13 than Dame, and he now goes into LA to face an 0-2 Clipper team that is coming off a 120-114 home loss to the Grizzlies. It’s possible everyone who penciled in Los Angeles for a top-six seed even without Kawhi Leonard were underestimating the impact that losing the two-time Finals MVP would have.

LA’s defense has been pretty rough, giving up big games to both Steph Curry and Ja Morant. Lillard hasn’t had his first huge outing of the season yet. This is a match made in heaven. Go with the Blazers getting points.

Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers Pick

Portland Trail Blazers +3 (-108)

Jonathan Macri
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Dean of Knicks Film School, host: KFS Pod, co-host: Pick N Pod. There isn't much about Knicks basketball than Jonathan doesn't know and he's here to break down the big games each and every week.
Jun 2021
Record
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8
Losses
7
Push
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ROI
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