Two of the hottest teams in the East after the restart face off today. The Indiana Pacers (41-26), are facing the Orlando Magic (32-35). Both teams are looking to stay perfect even though they have some key players missing.
Date/Time: 08-04-2020, 18:00 EDT
Spread: Indiana Pacers +1.5 Total: +225
Pacers have a 41-26 record (36-28-2 ATS) and are 5th in the East. They are 2-0 in the restart and in their last game they won the Wizards, 111-100, covering the -8.5 handicap.
TJ Warren leads the team in scoring with 19.5 ppg, adding 4.1 rebounds. He has been dominating in the last two games, averaging 43.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.
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Magic have a 32-35 record (33-32-2 ATS) and are 7th in the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won against the Kings, 132-116, easily covering the -2 spread.
Nikola Vucevic leads the team both in scoring with 19.6 ppg and in rebounding with 11 per game.
Pacers have won both games against the Magic this season.
At home by 5 points and on the road by 7.
Pacers are better offensively (109.6 to 107.6), while both teams have almost identical defenses (107.5 to 107.6).
Indiana has better percentages both in field goals (47.7% to 44.4%) and in 3-pointers (36.2% to 34.4%). They also dish more assists (25.9 to 24.2).
On the other hand, Magic are better in rebounding (44.5 to 42.7).
Both teams commit almost the same number of turnovers (12.7 to 13).
Bookmakers give the Magic a -1.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. Pacers will ride the hot hand of TJ Warren and get away with the win.
Magic vs Pacers Prediction: Indiana Pacers +1.5 (-111)
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