NBA on TNT: Orlando Magic vs Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IMarch 3, 2011

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 03:  Forward LeBron James #6 (R) of the Miami Heat drives against center Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena on February 3, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Orlando Magic (39-22) vs Miami Heat (43-17)

The Magic is coming off a victory against the New York Knicks, while the Heat enters this match up with its most recent loss coming from the Knicks.

Dwight Howard has been unconscious as of late, averaging 28.4 PPG, 14.8 RPG and 2.7 BPG throughout his last ten contests.

Howard is virtually unstoppable on the court and should be able to have a field day against Miami.

The Heat acquired veteran point guard Mike Bibby, who should be a solid fit as the team's starting one guard.

Sportsbook Spread: Orlando is +5

Prediction: Orlando is 1-2 against the Heat this season and Miami holds a 22-6 record at home. This game should end relatively close, so select the Magic with the NBA betting spread.


Denver Nuggets (35-26) vs Utah Jazz (32-29)

The new-look Nuggets collide against a Deron Williams-less Utah Jazz. 

Denver has played very well as of late, winning four of its last five games (including a win against Boston). 

Danilo Gallinari dropped 30 points in a one-point loss in overtime to the Blazers, and Wilson Chandler is averaging 17 PPG in three games as a Nugget.

Utah has dropped two straight sports betting games, one against Detroit and the other against Boston.

Point guard Devin Harris is averaging 16.7 PPG and 7.3 APG since joining the Jazz.

Spread: Denver is +3.5

Prediction: With the way the Nuggets are playing, I'd select them to win this game.