Free NBA Hoops Pick: Magic vs. Pacers Lines
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(31-43) Orlando Magic vs. Indiana Pacers (39-35)
Date: Friday March 31
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis, IN. Michigan
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Pacers -7
NBA Betting Total: 208
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The Pacers have lost 2 of their last 3 games and what is even more troubling is their first loss was to the woeful Nets and their last loss was at home to a struggling Bulls team.
Still, Indiana is in the 8th spot in the East 2 games up on the Bulls and only 1 game back of the Pistons.
The Magic have already been eliminated from the playoffs, but after a 6-game skid they have bounced back on won 2 straight.
In their last games the Magic beat the Brooklyn Nets 139-105 and the Pacers lost to the Chicago Bulls 98-96.
The Magic only rank 21st in the league in scoring, but they did put up 136 on the Nets in their last game. Sure, it is the weak Nets, but 136 points is solid and Orlando shot a scorching FG% of 61.5%.
8 players for the Magic scored in double figures in the win over Brooklyn, but they will have a tougher time tonight facing a Pacers team that has a legit defense.
Nikola Vucevic leads the Magic is both scoring and rebounding and he has missed s few games with a groin injury and is a question mark for this game.
It is key that the G duo of Victor Oladipo and Evan Fournier, who are the 2nd and 3rd leading scorers for Orlando, have a good game on the perimeter on both sides of the floor.
All of the Magic tore up the Nets in their last game and played solid in ball movement, which they must do in this game against a much better defensive team.
The Magic rank 17th in the league in opponents’ points allowed.
This season the Magic are 11-26 on the road and they have lost 4 straight road games.
In their loss to the Bulls in their last game they shot a better FG% than Chicago and had fewer turnovers, but they were ice cold from deep only connecting on 3 of their 19 3-pointers.
Paul George leads the Pacers in scoring and they have 5 players averaging in double figures. Keying on George will be important for the Magic in this game, as he is averaging over 23 ppg while the next leading scorer is Monta Ellis and he is averaging 14.1 ppg.
The Pacers did play decent defense in the loss to Chicago, but their lack of the deep ball hurt them. Overall, the Pacers rank 7th in the league in opponents’ points allowed and 19th in points per game.
The schedule favors the Pacers, as in their last 7 games they only face 2 teams that have a winning record. They need to get a W tonight to give them some breathing room in the Eastern Conference.
There is a legit shot for them to move up and pass the 7th spot Pistons, which they would love to do in order to avoid playing the Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs.
This season the Pacers are 23-14 at home and they had won 3 in a row in their house before falling the Bulls in their last game.
The Pacers have won all 3 games facing the Magic this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Magic are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
- Magic are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
- Pacers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games.
- Pacers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Pacers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.
Free Orlando Magic vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
The Pacers have not been a solid bet as of late, but nearing the end of the season they cannot afford to lose to sub .500 teams at home like they did against the Bulls. Indiana will bounce back and win this game and cover the spread.
The favorite is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 games between these 2 Eastern Conference teams and that trend will continue.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pacers ATS / WAY UNDER
Oh yeah, on top of that the Pacers are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games facing the Magic.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Indiana 100 – Orlando 87
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