The Orlando Magic (25-23) travel to face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves (34-14) on Friday, February 2nd. This game will be played at Target Center in Minneapolis and televised on BSN. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Magic vs Timberwolves
The Magic Are Coming Off A Win
The Magic won vs. the Spurs in their most recent game, ending with a score of 108-98. Magic’s victory in this game wasn’t just a straight-up win; they also covered the spread as -6-point favorites. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 206 points ended up below the over/under line of 226.
Coming into today’s matchup against the Timberwolves, the Magic are looking to stay above .500. They enter today’s game with a record of 25-23. In the Eastern Conference, the team is currently ranked 8th, and they are 2nd in the Southeast division.
The Magic have covered the spread successfully in their previous three games and maintain an overall ATS record of 31-17. The Magic maintain an ATS record of 16-10 on the road, while they have a 15-7 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
The Timberwolves Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Timberwolves bested the Mavericks with a score of 121-87. In addition to their straight-up win, the Timberwolves also covered the spread as -12.5-point favorites. As for the over/under, the combined score of 208 points didn’t reach the over/under line of 221.5.
As of now, the Timberwolves are 1st in the Western Conference and they are also leading the Northwest division. With an overall record of 34-14, the Timberwolves are coming off of two straight wins.
Minnesota currently has an ATS record of 24-23, placing them above .500 against the spread. On the road, the Timberwolves have an ATS record of 12-13, as opposed to a 12-10 record against the spread when playing at home.
Magic Offense Breakdown
In 48 games games, Orlando has an average of 111.6 points per game (25th).
So far this season, the Magic have been below the NBA scoring average in 64.6% of their games. They are currently 25th in the league in scoring at 111.6 points per game. However, when playing on the road, their scoring average drops to 109.7.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Magic are last in the league in both three-point percentage (34%) and three-pointers made per game (10.8). In terms of pace, Orlando is 20th in the NBA at 98.2 possessions per game.
Overall, the Magic are 21st in field goal percentage at 46%. When looking at two-point shooting, they are 19th in the league at 53%. In terms of assists, Orlando is 27th in the NBA at 24.7 per game.
Timberwolves Offense Breakdown
In 48 games games, Minnesota has an average of 113.1 points per game (22nd).
At home, the Timberwolves are scoring 113.0 points per game, which is 24th in the NBA. Overall, they are 22nd in scoring at 113.1 points per game. In terms of pace, Minnesota is 25th in the league.
Minnesota’s offense has been efficient from beyond the arc, as they are shooting 39% from three-point range, which is tops in the NBA. However, they are just 17th in three-point makes at 12.3 per game.
So far this season, the Timberwolves have outscored the NBA scoring average in 43.8% of their games. In terms of free throws, Minnesota is 10th in attempts and 14th in makes at 18.4 per game.
Magic Team Defense
At present, the Magic’s defense is ranked 5th, allowing 110.9 points per game. The Orlando defense has allowed opponents to shoot 35.7% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.8% of their field goal attempts vs. Orlando.
Timberwolves Team Defense
So far this season, the Timberwolves defense has been performing well, ranking 1st in the NBA at 107.0 points allowed per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Timberwolves are causing 14.2 turnovers per game, ranking 27th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 9th in rejections, averaging 5.8 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Magic And Timberwolves
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Paolo Banchero is set to be the main scorer for the Magic, recording 21 points and shooting 8/17 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 23 points per game, along with 7 rebounds.
On the other side, Anthony Edwards is our projected leading scorer for the Timberwolves. We have him ending the game with a team-high 24 and grabbing 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 46.4%, and he is contributing 25.5 points per game on average.
Magic vs Timberwolves Trends
- Although Orlando has a straight up record of 3-7 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 6-4. The team averaged 111 points per game in these games.
- Through their last five home games, Minnesota has an ATS record of just 2-3. However, their overall record was 4-1 while averaging 111 points per game.
- Through their last three games as the betting underdog, the Magic have a strong record vs the spread going 2-1. Their straight up mark in these contests is 1-2.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the favorite, the Timberwolves have a straight up record of 7-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 5-5.
For a point-spread wager in this Timberwolves vs. Magic game, we suggest taking the Magic at +7.5. Even though our predictions have the Timberwolves winning 117-112, we see the Magic as the better choice on the point-spread.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 212 and our model has the Magic and Timberwolves finishing with a combined 229 points. Our pick is to take the over.
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