The Orlando Magic (19-13) travel to face off against the Golden State Warriors (15-17) on Tuesday, January 2nd. This game will be played at Chase Center. Both the Magic and Warriors will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 10:00 ET.
Magic vs Warriors
The Magic Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Magic will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Suns with a final score of 112-107. The Magic turned the game around and came out on top, despite being in a trailing position at halftime with 67-58.
Coming into today’s game against the Warriors, the Magic are looking to stay above .500. So far this season, their overall record is 19-13. When looking at conference games, the Magic are 14-9 compared to going 5-4 in non-conference games.
The Magic have covered the spread successfully in their previous two games and maintain an overall ATS record of 22-10. The Magic have a four game ATS win streak as underdogs, and they hold a 9-3 record against the spread when they are the favorites.
The Warriors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Warriors conveyed a message to the Mavericks with a score of 132-122. The Warriors not only lost the game but also failed to cover the spread as -3.5 point favorites. The over/under line entering this matchup was 243 points, and both teams achieved a total score that exceeded that line.
Coming into their matchup with the Magic, the Warriors have a 15-17 overall record and are focused on stopping their three game losing streak. In the Western Conference, the Warriors are currently in 11th place and are 5th in the Pacific division.
Golden State has an overall ATS record of 14-17 as they come into today’s game. Currently, the Warriors are on a two game ATS win streak when they are underdogs, and they are 6-13 vs. the spread as favorites.
Magic Offense Breakdown
Through 32 games games, Orlando is averaging 112.8 points per game (23rd). Coming into today’s game, the Magic will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10 made 3’s per game. If Orlando continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 14th in the league in possessions per game.
Warriors Offense Breakdown
The Golden State offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 9th ranked offense at 116.8 points per game. The Warriors come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.8 made 3’s per game. In addition to their strong outside shooting numbers, the team is playing at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, averaging 99.6 possessions per contest.
Magic Team Defense
So far, the Magic’s defense is ranked 5th in the league at 110.7 points per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Magic squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 54.0% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 36.0% from downtown.
Warriors Team Defense
The Warriors’ defense is presently ranked 19th in the league, allowing an average of 116.3 points per contest. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Warriors defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 54.4% while allowing 35.2% from downtown.
Key Players For The Magic And Warriors
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Paolo Banchero as the primary point contributor for the Magic, finishing with 21 points while maintaining a 7/17 shooting accuracy. This season, he is averaging 21.7 points per game along with 7 boards.
On the other side, Stephen Curry is our projected leading scorer for the Warriors. We have him ending the game with a team-high 27 and grabbing 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 45.3%, and he is contributing 27.3 points per game on average.
Magic vs Warriors Trends
- In their last three road games, Orlando has averaged 117 points per game while allowing 113. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 3-0 vs. the spread.
- Although Golden State has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 1-2. The team averaged 115 points per game in these games.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Magic have a straight up record of 2-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 4-1.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Warriors have gone 4-6 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 7-3.
As the underdogs with a spread of +3.5, we recommend going with the Magic on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 231.5 and given that our model is projecting 219 points between the teams, we like the under.
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