Two teams from opposing conferences with identical records so far are clashing, when the New Orleans Pelicans (25-32), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the Orlando Magic (25-32), who on the other hand have lost only once in their last 6 games.
Date/Time: 02-12-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: New Orleans Pelicans -4.5
New Orleans Pelicans have a 25-32 record (27-29-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third to last place of the West. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Grizzlies with a 90-99 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 29 ppg, adding 4.3 dimes and a team high 13.3 boards per game. He is followed by Jrue Holiday with 20.9 ppg, 5.1 boards and a team high 8 dimes per game.
Orlando Magic have a 25-32 record (30-26-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Wizards in the 10th place of the East. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Hawks with a 124-108 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nikola Vucevic with 20.5 ppg, adding 3.8 dimes and a team high 12 boards per game. He is followed by Aaron Gordon with 15.8 ppg, 3.5 dimes and 7.3 boards per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won once on the road (Pelicans by 14 points and Magic by 16). Pelicans have a 16-10 home record, while the Magic are 10-17 on the road. Pelicans are better offensively, scoring 115.8 ppg to Magic’s 105.2 ppg, while Magic are better defensively, allowing 107.5 ppg to Pelicans’ 114.6. Pelicans have a better field goal percentage (47.8% to 44.9%), while Magic have a better 3-point percentage (34.9% to 34.6%). Pelicans are better both in boards grabbed (47 to 44.1) and in dimes made (26.7 to 24.7), while Magic are better in turnovers committed (13 to 13.9). Pelicans are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the win tonight.
Orlando Magic vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans -4.5 (-111)
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