Two teams from opposing conference with completely different goals for the season are clashing tonight, when the playoff bound Los Angeles Clippers (35-29), who want to continue on the winning ways and secure the 8th place of the West, are hosting the tanking Orlando Magic (20-46), who are looking to bounce back and climb up from the bottom of the East. Orlando Magic vs Los Angeles Clippers Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-10-2018, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Clippers -11.5
Clippers have a 35-29 record (36-27-1 against the spread) so far this season. Los Angeles holds the final postseason spot in the West. The Clips own the 8th place spot in the standings. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won at home against the Cavaliers with a 116-102 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring Lou Williams with 23.1 ppg. The longstanding veteran adds a team high 5.4 assists per game. He is followed by Tobias Harris with 19 ppg and 6.8 rebounds, while Austin Rivers adds 15.7 ppg.
Magic have a 20-46 record (31-34-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Hawks in the last place of the East. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Kings with an 88-94 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Aaron Gordon with 18.2 ppg, adding 8.3 rebounds per game. He is followed by Evan Fournier with 18 ppg, while Nikola Vucevic adds 17.4 ppg and a team high 9 rebounds per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Clippers won on the road with a 95-106 score. Clippers are 19-14 at home so far this season. The Magic are 7-28 on the road. Clippers are better both offensively, scoring 109.3 ppg to Magic’s 105.2 and defensively, allowing 108.1 ppg to Magic’s 109.4. They also have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 46.96% to Magic’s 46.04%, while Magic have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 35.92% to Clippers’ 35.19%. Magic are better in assists made, with 23.5 to Clippers’ 22.4, while Clippers are better in rebounding, grabbing 44.1 to Magic’s 41.2. Clippers are the absolute favorite and in desperate need for an easy win that will keep them within the top-8. Vegas odds give them a -11.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory tonight.
Orlando Magic vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers -11.5 (-108)
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