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#557 Orlando Magic vs.
#558 Indiana Pacers
Monday, November 21, 2022 at 7:10pm EST
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Orlando Magic (5-12, 8-8-1 ATS, 9-8 O/U) take on the Indiana Pacers (9-6, 10-5 ATS, 8-7 O/U) in the second game of a back-to-back series on Monday night. These foes met on Saturday night and it was the Pacers logging a narrow 114-113 home win to begin the season series. 

Magic Conclude Road Trip

The Orlando Magic are concluding a three-game road trip on Monday. They began the trek with a surprising 108-107 road win against the Bulls on Friday and were competitive in a tough 114-113 loss in Indiana on Saturday night. Orlando is playing through several key injuries and has been competitive when considering the shorthanded roster. The Magic have covered in two out of their last three games. 

Magic’ scoring leader Paolo Banchero remains out of action due to an ankle injury. The skilled rookie is posting an average of 23.5 PPG and 8.3 RPG and should be able to return to the court later this week. Franz Wagner continues to shine. The 6-foot-10 forward has scored at least 20 points in three out of his last four games including 29 points on Saturday. Wagner has increased his season average to 19.3 PPG on a 49% mark from the field to go with 4.5 APG. 

Wendell Carter Jr. did not play in Saturday’s bout due to a foot injury. He was a GTD on Saturday so chances are decent that he could return for this game. The 23-year-old center is having a strong year, posting 16.6 PPG accompanied by 9.1 RPG. Jalen Suggs was able to sink 12 points along with eight assists on Saturday. The former fifth-overall pick has been inconsistent and enters with an average of 13.4 PPG along with 5.7 APG. Point guard Cole Anthony remains out of action while Gary Harris is questionable. 

The Magic have now dropped four out of their last five road games after Saturday’s defeat with the only road win in that span occurring on Friday. The Magic are not a high-scoring team, scoring an average of 109.9 points, landing them 23rd. The defense has been their best strength. They are conceding an average of 112.9 points, good for 13th in the NBA. 

Pacers Collect Another Victory vs. Magic

The Indiana Pacers are seeking their fifth consecutive victory. Indiana has been a surprise team so far as the young players are contributing on a consistent basis. They are now a stellar 8-2 in their last ten games after Saturday’s narrow win against Orlando. Indiana shot 45% from the field in the victory. The Pacers have covered the spread in nine out of their last ten games. 

Tyrese Haliburton has connected on at least 56% of his field goals in two out of his last three bouts. The 22-year-old point guard will attempt about eight threes per game and features a 40% efficiency from deep. Haliburton scored 22 points on Saturday and has compiled a season average of 20.6 PPG. Buddy Hield sunk 15 points in the loss to the Magic. The 29-year-old shooting guard has reached the 20-point mark three times this month and has recorded an average of 18 PPG along with 4.9 RPG. Myles Turner continues to excel, accumulating five double-doubles this month. The veteran center has a double-double on Saturday and has amassed an average of 18.2 PPG and 8.9 RPG. 

Indiana is now 3-2 in their last five games at the Fieldhouse. The Pacers' offense has fueled their success this season. They have cooled down a bit in the last few games but are averaging 116.5 points, good for fifth in the league, and rank seventh in three-point shooting. They are conceding an average of 114.9 points, positioning them 19th.

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The Magic have been competitive recently despite having to deal with key injuries to players including Palo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr., and Gary Harris. It sounds like Carter Jr. and Harris will play in this one. Orlando was the big dog in a road win in Chicago on Friday and nearly defeated the Pacers in Saturday’s narrow 114-113 loss in Indianapolis.

Furthermore, the Pacers are starting to cool down a bit in the offensive end. They only shot 45% in Saturday’s one-point win and now rank 22nd in the NBA in field goal efficiency. The Magic are solid defensively. They rank better than Indiana in defensive efficiency per 100 possessions and are holding foes to only 34% shooting from three-point range. This is key as Indiana attempts an average of 40 threes per game.

Prediction: Orlando Magic +6.5

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This one should go over. These foes played in a 114-113 decision on Saturday in a game where the over delivered. Indiana continues to play at a quick pace, ranking 4th in tempo. This tempo resulted in Orlando attempting more field goals than usual on Saturday. Orlando averages 84 field goal attempts and attempted 91 shots on Saturday.

In addition, the Pacers' offense is consistently producing, averaging a solid 117 points in their last six games. They will give up points due to their quick style of play and squander threes, standing 25th in three-point defense. Orlando was able to shoot 38% from deep against the Pacers on Saturday. The over is 6-0 in the Magic' last six games against a team with a winning record.

Prediction: Over 226.5
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Written By Adam Rauzino , "Adam Rauzino"

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