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It’s an interconference contest on the parquet floor in the City of Angels. The Orlando Magic is on the road as they travel to face the LA Clippers Sunday afternoon. Orlando comes in off a 120-103 road loss to Minnesota Friday night in their last contest. LA comes in off a 121-111 road win over Phoenix Friday night in their last contest. The all-time regular-season series is tied at 29 wins apiece but the Clippers have taken the last 10 meetings, including a 120-95 road win in the first matchup this season on November 2, 2018.
Orlando Magic Continues Lengthy Road Swing
Orlando dropped to 1-2 on their six game road swing as they were clubbed by Minnesota in their last contest. The Magic entered Saturday’s action 10th in the Eastern Conference, one game behind the Nets for the final playoff spot: they were 2.5 games behind the Heat for the Southeast Division lead. Orlando led by nine after the opening quarter but saw their offense dry up after that. The Magic was up four at the half but were outscored 56-35 in the second half after putting up 68 first half points. Orlando shot 47.7 percent from the field, including nine of 27 from three point range, and lost the rebounding battle 54-35. The team also missed nine of 19 free throws: Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 22 points and seven rebounds in the loss. The Magic is 10-7 ATS on the road this season while the under is 10-7 in those games.
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) January 5, 2019
The Magic has been below average this season putting the ball in the basket: they are 27th in the league with 103.6 points per game. Orlando stands 25th on the glass with 42.8 boards per contest and is 13th with 24.7 assists a night. The Magic is 8th in scoring defense as they allow 107.2 points a game. Evan Fournier is third on the team with 15.1 points per contest. Nikola Vucevic (team high 20.4 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists), Aaron Gordon (15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds) and Terrence Ross (13.3 points) are all averaging in double figures this season. Jonathon Simmons, D.J. Augustin (11.3 points, five assists), Jarell Martin, Mo Bamba, Wesley Iwundu, Johnathan Isaac and Jerian Grant are all important pieces of the rotation for Steve Clifford. The Magic is 23rd in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 44.8 percent as a team. Orlando is 15th with 10.9 made threes per game while the team is tied for 16th in three point percentage as they shoot 35 percent from downtown. Timofey Mozgov is out indefinitely with a knee injury.
LA Clippers Seek Back to Back Wins
LA bounced back from a two-game losing skid as they took care of business against the Suns on the road. The Clippers entered Saturday in fifth place in the Western Conference: they trailed the Nuggets by four games for the top spot and were 2.5 games behind Golden State in the Pacific Division. LA jumped to a 38-19 after the opening quarter and extended their edge to 24 at the half. The Clippers hung tough and didn’t let the Suns get closer than 11 the rest of the way. LA shot 51.2 percent from the field, including 10 of 24 from three point range and controlled the glass 43-25. Those numbers helped the Clippers overcome 20 turnovers and allowing Phoenix to shoot 53.2 percent in the game. Danilo Gallinari (seven rebounds, six assists) and Lou Williams each had 21 points in the win. LA is 11-7 ATS at home this season while the over is 12-6 in those games.
.@gallinari8888 did a bit of everything on the floor last night.
📊 21 PTS | 7 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 5, 2019
The Clippers are currently 4th in the league in scoring offense with 115.9 points per game. LA is 12th in the league in rebounding with 45.7 boards per game and stand 23rd in assists with 22.7 per contest. The Clippers are below average defensively, ranking 24th in scoring defense by allowing 114.7 points per game. Tobias Harris is leading LA with 20.9 points plus eight boards a game this season. Danilo Gallinari (19.6 points, 6.3 rebounds), Lou Williams (18.3 points) and Montrezl Harrell (15.7 points, 6.6 boards) all average in double figures. Boban Marjanovic, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (10.1 points), Marcin Gortat, Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley, Luc Mbah a Moute and Mike Scott are all key pieces of the Clippers’ rotation for Doc Rivers. Mbah a Moute has been out with a knee injury and he is out until early January. LA is 7th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.5 percent from the floor. The Clippers are 26th in three pointers a game with 9.4 per contest and 3rd in three point shooting as they hit 38.3 percent of their long range attempts.
- Clippers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games
- Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win
- Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games
- Magic are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference foes
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
LA has played well at home, going 12-6 at the Staples Center this season. Orlando is only 7-10 on the road this year and they are in the middle of a lengthy road swing that still has stops against Sacramento and Utah after this. The Magic is struggling to put the ball in the hoop with any consistency and facing a tough, deep Clippers rotation is going to be a challenge. Playing at home, LA gets the nod as they pick up back to back wins by triumphing here.
Prediction: LA Clippers -7
Full-Game Total Pick
LA had a high scoring contest with Phoenix in their last game on the road and now return home to try and gain some ground in the playoff picture. The Clippers are getting great work from guys like Harrell and the rookie Gilgeous-Alexander. Orlando has plenty of young guys to work with but they haven’t developed as much as the organization would have liked. It will be interesting to see if Gordon ends up swirling in trade rumors as the season wears on. Can the Magic find a way to steal a win here and snap their 10 game ski against the Clippers?
The under is 5-1 in the Magic’s last 6 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points, 20-6 in their last 26 games following an ATS loss and 21-7 in their last 28 games following a straight up loss. LA has seen the under go 9-2 in their last 11 vs. a team with a losing straight up record. The teams have stayed under the total in nine of their last 12 meetings: look for this one to follow suit as Orlando continues to sputter offensively.
Prediction: Under 220
Half-Time Side Pick
LA has the depth and the talent to roll out a fairly deep rotation, which can make things tough for opposing teams. The Clippers have one of the best bench groups in the league, which is going to be a challenge for the Magic. Orlando struggles on the road and they don’t have much of an offensive onslaught to rely on. The Magic’s defense will keep them around but the Clippers have the advantage at the half as they look to defend their home floor here.
Prediction: LA Clippers -4
Half-Time Total Bet
The Clippers have been good on the offensive end of the floor this season, which has helped them stay in the playoff race this season. Orlando had a hot first half against the Timberwolves, hanging 40 first quarter points and 68 in the opening half. Unfortunately, in the second half, they had only 35 points and that’s why they were beaten. The Clippers hung 68 on the struggling Suns defense. They shouldn’t have that kind of success against Orlando, which should help keep this one under the total.
Prediction: Under 112.5