Magic vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Magic vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction 4/3/2024

The Orlando Magic (44-31) travel to face off against the New Orleans Pelicans (45-30) on Wednesday, April 3rd. This game will be played at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans and televised on BSNO. The Magic are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Pelicans are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Trail Blazers. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.

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The Magic Are Coming Off A Win

The Magic beat the Trail Blazers in their most recent game, ending with a score of 104-103. The start of the second half saw the Magic in the lead, at 55-48.

Looking to stay above .500, the Magic (44-31) will be on the road against the Pelicans today. At home, the Magic are 27-12 compared to their 17-19 road record this season.

Orlando is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 48-27. As the favorite this season, Orlando is 24-9 vs. the spread while going 24-18 as the underdog.

The Pelicans Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

The Pelicans is coming off a loss to the Suns in their latest game, ending with a score of 124-111. The Pelicans picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 74-54.

With their above .500 record of 45-30, the Pelicans are 2nd in the Southwest division and 6th in the Western Conference. As they prepare to face the Magic, they are looking to add to their win total.

New Orleans has an overall ATS record of 40-34 as they come into today’s game. As the favorite this season, New Orleans is 23-22 vs. the spread while going 17-12 as the underdog.

Magic Offense Breakdown

Orlando has recorded an average of 110.4 points per game (26th) throughout 75 games games.

When it comes to scoring, the Magic are currently 26th in the league, averaging 110.4 points per game. On the road, they are scoring 108.1 points per game.

So far this season, the Magic have outscored the NBA average in just 34.7% of their games. In terms of pace, Orlando is 26th in the league at 96.7 possessions per game.

When it comes to field goal percentage, the Magic are 14th in the league at 47%. From two-point range, they are shooting 54% which is 13th in the NBA. However, they are just 21st in three-point shooting at 35%.

Pelicans Offense Breakdown

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Through 75 games games, New Orleans is averaging 115.2 points per game (13th).

At home, the Pelicans are averaging 115.4 points per game, which is 15th in the NBA. Overall, they are 13th in the league in scoring at 115.2 points per game. In terms of pace, they are 18th in the NBA at 97.3 possessions per game.

So far this season, the Pelicans have made 48% of their shots, which is 8th in the league. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 8th in three-point percentage at 37%. However, they are just 20th in three-point makes per game.

When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, the Pelicans are 8th in the NBA in free-throw attempts per game. In terms of assists, they are 12th in the league with an average of 27 per game.

Magic Team Defense

So far, the Magic defense is giving up 108.2 points per contest, which has them sitting 3rd in the NBA. One thing to note, is they have given up more points than their season average in four straight matchups. The Orlando defense has allowed opponents to shoot 35.3% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.3% of their field goal attempts vs. Orlando.

Pelicans Team Defense

So far, the Pelicans defense is giving up 110.5 points per contest, which has them sitting 8th in the NBA. One thing to note, is they have given up more points than their season average in three straight matchups. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Pelicans defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 55.1% while allowing 34.7% from downtown.

Key Players For The Magic And Pelicans

In today’s game, our projections have Paolo Banchero leading the Magic with 22 points on 8/17 shooting from the field. This season, he is averaging 22.3 points per game along with 6.8 boards.

On the other side, Zion Williamson is our projected leading scorer for the Pelicans. We have him ending the game with a team-high 23 and grabbing 6 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 58.3% and is averaging 22.9 points per contest.

Magic vs Pelicans Trends

  • Orlando has played well in their previous 5 road games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 99 points per game while allowing 101. The team also performed well vs the spread at 3-2.
  • Through their last ten home games, New Orleans has an ATS record of just 5-4-1. However, their overall record was 8-2 while averaging 111 points per game.
  • The last ten games that Orlando was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 5-5 while going 4-6 straight up.
  • Looking back on the team’s last three games as the favorite, the Pelicans have a straight up record of 1-2. Their record vs the spread in these games was 0-3.

Magic vs Pelicans Prediction

We’re calling a win for the Pelicans, with a final score of 116-108, and we’re taking them to cover the spread. Our recommendation is to bet on the Pelicans at -4.5.

As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 209.5, and our model projects the Magic and Pelicans to reach a combined total of 224 points. Our bet is on taking the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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