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It’s an interconference matchup on the parquet floor in the Big Easy. The Orlando Magic is on the road as they travel to face the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night. Orlando picked up a 124-108 road win over Atlanta on the road in the second game of a back to back set Sunday night. New Orleans was knocked off 99-90 Saturday night on the road by Memphis in their previous contest. The Pelicans own an 18-17 advantage in the all-time regular season series. Last season, the teams split two meetings, with the Pelicans taking a 111-97 road win in the last matchup on December 22, 2017.
Orlando Magic Trying to Pick Up Ground in Eastern Conference Playoff Race
Orlando split their road back to back set against divisional opponents as they bounced back to beat Atlanta after falling to Charlotte. The Magic entered Monday 10th in the Eastern Conference, 1.5 games behind the Pistons and Heat, who are tied for the final playoff spot. Orlando led by one after the opening quarter and took control by outscoring Atlanta 37-23 in the second quarter. The Magic didn’t see their lead drop below that 15-point mark in the second half. Orlando shot 47.3 percent from the field, including 13 of 37 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 49-33. Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 19 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
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— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) February 11, 2019
The Magic has been below average this season putting the ball in the basket: they are 26th in the league with 105.2 points per game. Orlando stands 23rd on the glass with 44.1 boards per contest and is 14th with 24.7 assists a night. The Magic is 8th in scoring defense as they allow 107.5 points a game. Evan Fournier is third on the team with 14.9 points per contest. Nikola Vucevic (team-high 20.5 points, 12 rebounds, 3.8 assists), Aaron Gordon (15.8 points, 7.3 rebounds) and Terrence Ross (14.7 points) are all averaging in double figures this season. Markelle Fultz, D.J. Augustin (11.6 points, 4.8 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 tied for 22nd in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 44.9 percent as a team. Orlando is 17th with 11 made threes per game while the team is 18th in three-point percentage as they shoot 34.9 percent from downtown. Timofey Mozgov is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Bamba is out with a stress fracture in his leg. Fultz continues his rehab for thoracic outlet syndrome and expects to return this season.
New Orleans Pelicans Looking to Pick Up Home Win
New Orleans had their two-game win streak snapped as they were knocked off on the road by Memphis in their last contest. The Pelicans entered Monday 13th in the Western Conference, six games behind the Clippers for the final playoff spot. New Orleans led by eight after the opening quarter and by three at the half before getting outscored 31-18 in the third quarter to trail by 10. The Pelicans failed to get closer than four in the final quarter. New Orleans shot 39.5 percent from the field, including a dismal six of 33 from three-point range, and bricked 11 of 27 free throw attempts. Julius Randle led the Pelicans with 21 points in the loss.
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— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 10, 2019
The Pelicans are 4th in the league in scoring offense with 115.8 points per game. The Pelicans are 5th in rebounding with 47 boards per game while ranking 4th with 26.7 assists per contest. New Orleans is 27th in scoring defense as they give up 114.6 points per contest. Anthony Davis contributes a team-high 29 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.56 blocks and 1.67 steals per contest. Julius Randle puts up 20 points plus 9.2 rebounds and E’Twaun Moore adds 12.1 points per game. Jrue Holiday (20.9 points, eight assists) and Elfrid Payton (9.8 points, 5.8 assists) are also solid scoring options. Darius Miller, Solomon Hill, Ian Clark, Jahlil Okafor, Jason Smith and Tim Frazier each are important role players for the Pelicans’ rotation. New Orleans is 5th in field goal percentage shooting 47.8 percent from the floor. The Pelicans are 23rd with 10 made threes per game and stand tied for 22nd in the league by converting 34.6 percent from long range this season. Okafor and Payton are questionable as they deal with ankle sprains.
- Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss
- Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games
- Pelicans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss
- Magic are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- Magic are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Western Conference foes
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Orlando has strung up three straight wins and is closing the gap in the chase for the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Magic is trying to continue to gain ground but this is their third game in four nights here, with all of them on the road. New Orleans has had the last two days off to try and get some semblance of health back. The Pelicans have the Unibrow: combined with Randle and Holiday, it should be enough to give New Orleans a push to the win, especially playing at home, over a fatigued Orlando squad.
Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans -4.5
Full-Game Total Pick
New Orleans has been up and down all season as injuries and last week’s trades have taken pieces out of their rotation. The Pelicans still have Davis but it will be interesting to see how things work down the stretch with when he takes the floor and when he doesn’t. He did play both games of a back to back set over the weekend but there still is work to be done. Orlando has won three straight games to climb within 1.5 games of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Can they shake off fatigue and deliver a win here?
The under is 6-1 in the Magic’s last 7 vs. a team with a losing straight up record, 11-3 in their last 14 Tuesday games and 12-5 in their last 17 against Southwest Division teams. New Orleans has seen the under go 4-0 in their last four against the Southeast Division, 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 9-4 in their last 13 at home. The teams have stayed under the total in 12 of their last 15 meetings in New Orleans and 21-7 in their last 28 meetings overall. Look for this one to end up under the total as the Magic is tired after three games in four nights.
Prediction: Under 225.5
Half-Time Side Pick
The Pelicans expect to have Davis and Randle in the mix for this one which is going to keep them in the contest. New Orleans has home court advantage and they want to try and head into the All-Star break with a little momentum. Orlando has won three straight games but they have to work through their fatigue after being in Charlotte Saturday and in Atlanta Sunday. The Pelicans have enough weapons in their rotation and they’re rested: they get the upper hand at the half.
Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans -2
Half-Time Total Bet
We saw a low scoring affair for the Pelicans in their loss to Memphis and you have to think that they’ll be more effective in this one. Orlando is a tough defensive team, even after dealing Simmons to Philadelphia in the Fultz deal. The Magic is going to try to keep the Pelicans in check as New Orleans still has a high octane offensive attack. With Davis on the floor, you have the ability for big point totals. Still, this one ends up under the number at the half as it’s set a few points too high.
Prediction: Under 115.5