NBA Playoff Picks & Preview: Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic G4 (5/10)

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It's a do-or-die situation for the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night, as they engage in battle with the Orlando Magic in the fourth game of this best-of-seven NBA playoff betting affair.

Orlando Magic (-5.5) @ Atlanta Hawks
Monday May 10th, 2010 
8:00 ET, Philips Arena

Orlando Notes: The Magic have simply been the dominant team in this series, outscoring the Hawks by nearly 100 points in three games. The team has had at least two 20+ point scorers in every game in this series, including putting four at that level in Game 2. The Magic won each quarter in Game 3 by at least five points in yet another truly amazing display. C Dwight Howard is proving that he just doesn't have an equal in this series, scoring an average of 23.7 points and bringing in 15.0 rebounds per game against Atlanta after going four games without a double-double against Charlotte. Unlike in that first round series against the Bobcats, HC Stan Van Gundy has been able to use his big man to the fullest extent due to the fact that he has stayed out of major foul difficulties.

Atlanta Notes: It's hard to love anything that the Hawks are doing right now. They look like a team that has just totally given up on the season. G Mike Bibby has been totally MIA during this entire series, as he has scored just 12 total points and given out six assists in the three games. G Joe Johnson hasn't put it together quite yet in a game either. In Game 3, he shot just 3/15 from the floor and scored eight points. Obviously it goes without saying, but another game like that will be the last in Atlanta's season. F Josh Smith is having a respectable series for Atlanta, as he has scored at least 14 points in all three games and is coming off of a double-double in Game 3. The Hawks haven't shot better than 41% in any of the NBA betting battles against the Magic, which just isn't going to cut it.

NBA Betting Odds: Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks Game 4

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Trends of Note: Dating back to the regular season, the Magic have won 13 straight games, and they are 11-2 ATS in those 13. They've outscored their opponents by over 17 points per game in this postseason and just don't look beatable right now. Orlando is 45-22 ATS in its L/67 games against the Eastern Conference and 35-17-1 ATS in its L/53 games as a favorite. The Hawks are just 1-10-1 ATS in their L/12 playoff games as underdogs and have yet to cover a game in these playoffs as pups (0-4 SU and ATS). Atlanta is 3-0-1 ATS in its L/4 games following a double digit home loss, but this circumstance is totally different from the average situation.

The Final Word: It may be do-or-die time for the Hawks, but there just isn't any hope of survival for much longer for them. This is a team that looks disoriented on the court, and it just isn't trying hard. There could be a level of complacency for the Magic, but in all likelihood, another romp is going to be in the cards once again.

Prediction: Orlando 105 – Atlanta 92

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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