New Orleans Pelicans vs Orlando Magic Prediction & Game Preview – April 22, 2021
NBA Picks and Predictions on this New Orleans Pelicans vs Orlando Magic Thursday, April 22, 2021 basketball game
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NBA Picks and Predictions on this New Orleans Pelicans vs Orlando Magic matchup tipping off this Thursday April 22nd at 7:10pm et. The Draftkings NBA Odds have the Pelicans as a -7 point road favorite with the total at 211.5 points.
These two teams last faced each other three weeks ago where Orlando as a -5.5 point underdog went into New Orleans and pulled out the 115-110 overtime win. In that overtime matchup, the Pelicans were extremely shorthanded without Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, but this go around the trio will all be back on the floor and it will most likely be a different outcome. New Orleans turned the ball over 24 times in that game and still had a chance to get the win.
New Orleans comes into this game at 25-33 overall and extremely hungry for a win after dropping their last four games in a row. On Tuesday, they shot 56% from the field, but couldn’t stop the Nets offensively. They let 7 Nets players score in the double digits, which is the perfect recipe for a loss. Zion and Ingram combined for 60 of the 129 points scored by New Orleans, but it just wasn’t enough to top that Nets offense even without Durant and Harden on the floor.
In the last three games, the Pelicans had the seventh best offense in the league, scoring an average of 118.7 points per game, but they’ve also played the worst defense in the league over this 3 game span, giving up an average of 124.3 points per game.
New Orleans is 0-5 against the spread in their last 5 games against Orlando and the total has gone over in 8 of the Pelicans’ last 12 games.
Orlando comes into this game with the fourth worst record in the league at 18-40 overall after dropping their last 3 games in a row. On Tuesday Night, the Hawks came out hot against the Magic grabbing a 17 point first half lead and finishing the game getting the win 112-96.
Orlando played horrible, going just 39% from the field and 22% from 3-point land. Orlando got out rebounded by 25 rebounds against Atlanta and they’ll be going up against this Pelicans team who is a top 3 team when it comes to grabbing boards.
The Magic is one of the worst offensive teams in the league, only averaging 104.2 points per game this season and in the middle of the pack on defense, giving up an average of 112 points per game.
Orlando is 1-5 against the spread in their last 6 games and the total has gone over in 4 of the Magic last 5 games.
In this Pelicans vs Magic Thursday Night game, we’re rolling with New Orleans Pelicans -6.5 at the -120 price.
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