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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic

January 19, 2024

The Orlando Magic get set to host and take on the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night inside the Kia Center in Orlando, Florida. They jump it up at 7:00pm in what should be a very entertaining affair between two good teams and do not blink you might miss a ton of action.  Bookmaker has installed the 76ers as a solid 5 point favorite. 

Philadelphia 76ers Betting Preview

The 76ers (26-13) have had a brilliant start to the season and their franchise player in Joel Embiid is having a career season and looks to win another league MVP. He has been a dominant force on both sides of the floor and his offensive skill set is a thing of beauty. He has been taking over games and putting the 76ers on his back.

The 76ers have been playing so well, but yet sit five games behind the front running Boston Celtics, who have shown they are the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Back to Embiid, who is averaging a whooping 35 points per game to go along with a team-high 12 rebounds per game. 

Philadelphia is also getting some wonderful production from 23-year-old point guard Tyrese Maxey who has stepped up his game this season and is netting 26 a game to really give the 76ers a great 1-2 punch. 

The 76ers are connecting on 53% from the floor, including 35% from beyond the arc. 

Embiid is playing at such a high level it is hard to bet against them, but we have seen over the past several years the Magic give the 76ers some trouble. Friday night might be the same, thus it is very important for the 76ers to get out to a fast start and not let up. 

Orlando Magic Betting Preview

The Magic (22-19) have also had a nice start to their season based on the expectations they had coming into the season. They have not had the explosive start to the season like the 76ers have but they are a young team and they are just starting to figure things out as a team.

They have some decent talent and they also have the face of their franchise playing well, as power forward Paolo Banchero is playing lights out, averaging 22 points per game, while Franz Wagner is contributing 20.9 points per contest to go along with just under six rebounds per night. 

They will slow down the pace and tempo and would love to keep this a low scoring affair. They must figure out a way to contain Embiid and not let him go off and get position down on the low block. 

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The Magic are 1-4 in their last five games and 2-3 in their last five games against the number and a very solid and sound 14-9 in their road games against the spread too. The totals have gone over in none of their last five games and just seven out of their last 18 games at home. 

The 76ers are 3-2 in their last five games and 3-2 in their last five games against the number and they are 10-7 in their road games against the spread as well.

Pick: Philadelphia 76ers -5