Orlando Magic (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS, 3-2 O/U) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (3-3 SU, 4-2 ATS, 4-2 O/U)
NBA: Monday, October 30, 2017, Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, 8 pm ET
Line: New Orleans -7.5; Over/Under: 224
It’s an inter-conference matchup down in the Big Easy. The Orlando Magic is on the road as they travel to face the New Orleans Pelicans Monday night. Orlando was in action Sunday night on the road as they faced the Hornets in a Southeast Division matchup. New Orleans evened their record as they won their second straight by rolling past Cleveland 123-101 at home Saturday night. The Pelicans hold a 17-16 edge in the all-time series between the teams though they split a pair of meetings last season, each winning at home.
Orlando Magic Hopes to Maintain Solid Start
Orlando was in action on Sunday night as they looked to build on their hot start to the season. The Magic entered that game winner of three straight games and four of their first five to start the year. Orlando went into Sunday atop the Eastern Conference standings by half a game over the Pistons and Celtics. The Magic held a one-game edge over the Wizards in the Southeast Division. Orlando is 3-0 at home this season and 1-1 on the road entering Sunday. The Magic has gone 1-0 against the Western Conference as opposed to their 3-1 mark against the Eastern Conference.
The Magic has been good in the early going putting the ball in the basket: they are 2nd in the league with 118 points per game. Orlando stands tied for 8th on the glass with 46 boards per contest and is 3rd with 24.4 assists a night. The Magic is 19th in scoring defense as they allow 107.2 points a game. Nikola Vucevic is second on Orlando with 22 points plus 8.6 rebounds per game. Evan Fournier contributes 22.2 points a night, Aaron Gordon averages 23.7 points and 9.7 boards a game while Johnathon Simmons contributes 14 points a night. Elfrid Payton, D.J. Augustin (11 points, 5.8 assists), Terrence Ross, Mario Hezonja, Arron Afflalo, Shelvin Mack, Marreese Speights and Jonathan Isaac are all components of Frank Vogel’s rotation. The Magic is 2nd in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 49.8 percent as a team. Orlando is 3rd with 12.4 made threes per game while the team is 1st in three point percentage as they shoot 45.9 percent from downtown.
New Orleans Pelicans Shoot for Third Straight Win
New Orleans climbed back to the .500 mark on the year as they rolled over the three-time defending Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers at home. The Pelicans shoot to make it three straight wins as they are at home here. New Orleans led by 13 after the quarter and the half: after seeing the lead cut to six after three quarters, the Pelicans pulled away by outscoring Cleveland 34-18 in the final quarter. The Pelicans shot 51.6 percent from the floor and knocked down 13 of 33 three point attempts in the game. Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 30 points plus 14 rebounds while DeMarcus Cousins posted a triple-double with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the win.
The Pelicans are 8th in the league in scoring offense with 110 points per game. The Pelicans are 7th in rebounding with 46.7 boards per game while ranking 7th with 23.2 assists per contest. New Orleans is tied for 22nd in scoring defense as they give up 108.8 points per contest. Anthony Davis is second on the Pelicans in scoring with 25.4 points to go with 13 rebounds per game. DeMarcus Cousins (32.3 points, 13.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists) playing alongside Davis is a nice 1-2 punch but the Pelicans need other guys to contribute. That means Jameer Nelson, Jrue Holiday (15.7 points, 5.7 assists), Ian Clark (8.3 points), Dante Cunningham, Tony Allen and E’Twaun Moore (12.3 points) all have to step up and put the ball in the hole as Davis and Cousins can’t do it alone. New Orleans is 6th in field goal percentage shooting 47 percent from the floor. The Pelicans are 9th with 11.3 made threes per game and stand tied for 9th in the league by converting 36.2 percent from long range this season.
- Magic are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southwest
- Magic are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Monday games
- Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest
Orlando was playing well to start the season but they’re playing the second game of a back to back and their third game in four nights in three different cities. New Orleans has won two straight and got big performances from Davis and Cousins along with help from Holiday and Moore to rout Cleveland. The Pelicans are at home here and they’re better rested than the Magic right now. New Orleans should take advantage of the fatigued Magic to win their third in a row.