Showdown in Florida: Heat vs. Magic

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Miami Heat vs Orlando Magic October 26th, 2016

The online NBA betting season is fast approaching and fans are already combing this season’s schedule to find the matchups that have the best wagering potential. Opening night will have plenty of lucrative matchups, and the following day fans will have even more options to wager on. The Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic will be one of the first contests that fans can tune into on the evening following opening day.

The Orlando Magic will host the Miami Heat on Wednesday, October 26, at the Amway Center. The game will be starting at 7:00 PM EST so fans looking to tune in to check in on their wagers can do so later on in the day. This contest will be one of two 7 o’clock games, and the NBA has 8 more matchups scheduled after those two are completed. No question about it, fans can tune in to plenty of basketball on the second day of the online NBA betting regular season. So, from what we’ve seen this offseason, which team will have an advantage on October 26th?

After finishing 35-47 in 2015 the Orlando Magic decided to part ways with Scott Skiles, their head coach, and bring in Frank Vogel to replace him. Vogel had been the head coach of the Indiana Pacers since 2011 and it’ll be interesting how he handles this change of scenery. This Magic team shows plenty of promise, and a change at head coach could be what this team needs to break their 4-year long playoff drought.

But a new head coach isn’t the only addition Orlando has made. In fact, Orlando has been one of this offseason’s busiest teams. Serge Ibaka, a 3-time All-Defensive first-reamer, was brought to Orlando via a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. But the addition of Ibaka did not come cheap, the Magic had to part ways with Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and Domantas Sabonis, the 11th overall pick of this year’s draft. To help cover these losses the Magic decided to sign Bismack Biyombo during free agency, as well as DJ Augustin, both of whom were signed to 4-year deals. To wrap up their offseason Orlando signed Jeff Green to a 1-year deal and re-signed Frenchman Evan Fournier for 5 years. In addition to the previously mentioned losses of Oladipo and Ilyasova, the Magic also parted ways with former first-rounder Andrew Nicholson, Jason Smith, and Brandon Jennings. Overall, the Magic’s offseason was a step in the right direction. But, it’s doubtful that it will be enough for most basketball betting sites to favor Orlando over their Floridian rival.

The biggest headline for the Heat this offseason was the loss of Dwayne Wade, the player who had been the face of the franchise for the past decade. After being disrespected by the organization, Wade took off to Chicago, the city that birthed him. To help cover the loss of Wade the Heat overpaid Tyler Johnson to ensure that he would sign with Miami, instead of with the Brooklyn Nets. Miami ultimately had to offer Johnson a 4-year, $50 million deal – which both fans and critics alike agree, was entirely too much money. The rest of the offseason was pretty quiet for the Heat, but that shouldn’t undermine the loss of Wade and the extravagant addition of Johnson. The Heat finished 48-34 in 2015 and it’ll be interesting how they fare with the loss of a legend. Either way, the online NBA betting odds will likely favor the Heat over the Magic.