Two teams sitting outside the top-8 of their respective conference are clashing, when the Orlando Magic (33-38), who are just one game away from the 8th and final playoff place of the East and want to extend their current small winning streak, are hosting the New Orleans Pelicans (31-42), who are looking to continue on the winning ways as well.
Date/Time: 03-20-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Orlando Magic -6.5
Orlando Magic have a 33-38 record (37-33-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Hornets in the 9th place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Hawks with a 101-91 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nikola Vucevic with 20.7 ppg, adding 3.9 dimes and a team high 12.1 boards per game. He is followed by Aaron Gordon with 16.1 ppg, 3.6 dimes and 7.4 boards per game.
New Orleans Pelicans have a 31-42 record (34-38-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in 12th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a six-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Mavericks with a 129-125 score in overtime, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 26.2 ppg, adding 3.9 dimes and a team high 12 boards per game. He is followed by Julius Randle with 21.3 ppg, 3.2 dimes and 8.8 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Pelicans won on the road with an 88-118 score. Magic have a 18-16 home record, while the Pelicans are 13-25 on the road. Pelicans are better offensively, scoring 116 ppg to Magic’s 105.7 ppg, while Magic are better defensively, allowing 106.2 ppg to Pelicans’ 116.1. Pelicans have a better field goal percentage (47.5% to 45%), while Magic have a better 3-point percentage (35.4% to 34.6%). Pelicans are better both in boards grabbed (47.3 to 45) and in dimes made (27.2 to 25), while Magic are better in turnovers committed (12.8 to 14.3). Magic are the favorite and Vegas odds give them a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Orlando Magic Prediction: Orlando Magic -6.5 (-110)
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