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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Indiana Pacers vs. Orlando Magic
November 19, 2023
The Orlando Magic will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana to face the Indiana Pacers at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Sunday evening with the game scheduled to start at 5:00 PM ET and will air on Bally Sports Florida and Bally Sports Indiana.
Orlando has been one of the surprise teams to start the season as they enter this game on a two-game winning streak following back-to-back wins on the road against the Chicago Bulls including Friday’s 103-97 win while covering the 4-point spread as a road underdog. The Magic like to play at a slower tempo than the average NBA team and that has led to them being one of the lowest-scoring teams while also having one of the best-scoring defenses in the league as they enter this game averaging the 3
fewest points per game with an average of 107.83 points per game while allowing the 4
fewest points per game in the NBA with an average of 105.83. The Orlando Magic have a record of 7-5 this season which puts them in 2
place in the Southeast Division and gives them the 7
best record in the Eastern Conference and will try to extend their winning streak to three games when they travel to face the Indiana Pacers.
The Indiana Pacers have been one of the better teams to start the season in the Eastern Conference as the Pacers are in 4
place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 7-4 which also puts them in 2
place in the Central Division trailing the Milwaukee Bucks by a game for 1
place. The Pacers have also won four of their last five games including a 132-126 win on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday. Indiana has been one of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA this season as they are averaging 126.55 points per game which ranks 1
in the league. Tyrese Haliburton has played a pivotal role in the success they have had when it comes to scoring as he leads the team in scoring with an average of 24.7 points per game while also leading the team in assists with an average of 12.5 assists per game. The Pacers will look to continue their early season success when they host the Orlando Magic on Sunday evening.
BookMaker has the Indiana Pacers listed as 5-point favorites at home against the Orlando Magic on Sunday evening. Indiana has won seven of the last ten and two of the last three meetings. The Magic are 6-4 ATS in the last ten while the Pacers are 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Orlando Magic are 9-3 ATS overall, 5-2 ATS on the road, and 6-3 ATS as an underdog this season while the Indiana Pacers are 7-4 ATS overall, 5-2 ATS at home, and 4-2 ATS as a favorite on the year.
Indiana enters this game with the better record and has been the better team in the series as they have won seven of the last ten and two of the last three matchups. However, the Magic have been the better team at covering the spread most recently in the series as they are 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups and have been one of the best teams in the NBA at covering the spread this season as they are 9-3 ATS overall and 5-2 ATS on the road which is why I am taking the points with the Orlando Magic when they travel to face the Indiana Pacers.
Spooky Express Pick: Orlando Magic +5
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