Orlando Magic (25-32) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (25-32)
February 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm ET (Smoothie King Center)
Lines and Odds: Pelicans -4.5 Over/Under: 226
ESPN NBA Expert Picks New Orleans Pelicans vs. Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic look to close out their road stretch strong against the weary New Orleans Pelicans. The organization has been in disarray since the reports of Anthony Davis requesting a trade. With Davis’ minutes in tonight’s game being unknown, the magic will look to take advantage of that.
No one knows how much or little Anthony Davis will be playing for the rest of the season. In their last home game, the Pelicans decided to bench Davis for the entire 4th quarter in a tight game. AD played 34 minutes in the Pelicans last game against the Grizzlies, but New Orleans still ended up losing by 9. Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle will be heavily relied on by this New Orleans team as the confusion surrounding Anthony Davis continues.
The Pelicans have been mediocre as of late, posting a 2-3 record in their last 5 games. Beating the Timberwolves in their last home appearance proved that the Pelicans are still a strong home team.
The Magic have been on a hot streak as of late, winning 5 of their last 6. With impressive wins over the Timberwolves and the top-ranked Milwaukee Bucks, the Orlando Magic have proven their ability to compete against the best. Nicola Vucevic has been Orlando’s best player, leading the team in points (20.5) and rebounds (12.0) per game. Aaron Gordon has also played outstanding for Orlando. Gordan has provided the Magic with consistent play, averaging 15.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
The Magic’s subpar away record of 10-17 may raise doubt for bettors. However, Orlando has won 2 straight away games and will look to keep that streak alive. Behind superb performances from Gordon, Vucevic, and Augustin, the Magic feel confident in their chances tonight.
Cover the Spread 365 Trends
Orlando is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Orlando is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Orlando’s last 15 games
Orlando is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Orlando is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Orlando’s last 7 games on the road
Orlando is 6-11-1 ATS in its last 18 games when playing New Orleans
Orlando is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing New Orleans
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
New Orleans is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans’s last 6 games
New Orleans is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of New Orleans’s last 13 games at home
New Orleans is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Orlando
New Orleans is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Orlando
Free ESPN NBA Prediction Orlando Magic vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Both teams have played well ATS as of late. The Magic, however, have been outstanding ATS away with a record of 5-1. If Davis is absent, Nicola Vucevic will cause huge problems for New Orleans. With Davis’ status unknown, I feel confident that the Orlando Magic will be able to cover the spread against the New Orleans Pelicans.