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Indiana Pacers vs. Orlando Magic

March 10, 2024

The Indiana Pacers will travel to Orlando, Florida to face the Orlando Magic at the Kia Center with the game scheduled to start at 6:00 PM ET on Sunday evening and will air on Bally Sports Florida and Bally Sports Indiana.

Indiana Pacers Team Preview

The Indiana Pacers enter this game with a record of 35-29 which puts them in 8th place in the Eastern Conference, however, the Pacers have lost three of their last four games including a 111-113 loss at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday. The success of the Pacers this season can be attributed to their offensive play as they rank 1st in the NBA in scoring with an average of 123.06 points per game. However, Indiana plays at a faster pace than the average team in the league which also leaves them vulnerable defensively and the Pacers enter this game allowing the 3rd most points per game in the NBA with an average of 121.85 points allowed per game. 

Tyrese Haliburton has played a pivotal role in the success the Pacers have had this season and enters this game leading the team in scoring, assists, and steals with an average of 20.8 points, 11.4 assists, and 1.06 steals per game while leading the NBA in assists this season. 

The Indiana Pacers will look to avoid their 4th loss in their last five games when they travel to face the Orlando Magic.

Orlando Magic Team Preview

The Orlando Magic enter this game in 5th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 37-27, however, the Magic are coming off a 74-98 loss on the road against the New York Knicks on Friday which also ended their five-game winning streak. Orlando has been one of the best teams defensively this season as they are allowing the 3rd fewest points per game with an average of 109.54 points allowed per game. 

Offensively, the Magic have been one of the lower-scoring teams in the league as they rank 26th in scoring in the NBA with an average of 111.44 points per game. Paolo Banchero has been one of the best players for the Magic this season and leads the team in scoring, rebounds, and assists with an average of 22.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game. 

The Orlando Magic will look to bounce back following the loss against the Magic when they host the Indiana Pacers on Sunday evening.

Odds and Series Trends

JustBet has the Orlando Magic listed as 1-point favorites at home against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday evening. The teams have split the last ten while Orlando has won two of the previous three meetings. The Magic have covered the spread in six of the last ten and two of the previous three games in the series. The Indiana Pacers are 33-29-3 ATS overall, 15-14-1 ATS on the road, and 19-13-2 ATS as an underdog this season while the Orlando Magic are 42-22 ATS overall, 20-8 ATS at home, and 20-5 ATS as a favorite on the year.

Game Pick

Orlando enters this game with the better record and has been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the last three contests. The Magic have covered the spread in six of the last ten and two of the previous three games in the series while also having been the better team at covering the spread this season with a record of 42-22 ATS overall and 20-8 ATS at home while the Pacers are 33-29-3 ATS overall and 15-14-1 ATS on the road. As a result, I am laying the point with the Orlando Magic when they host the Indiana Pacers on Sunday evening.

Spooky Express Pick: Orlando Magic -1