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Grizzlies vs Magic NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Memphis Grizzlies at Orlando Magic
- Where: Orlando at Amway Center
- Date: Thursday, January 5th
- Betting Odds ORL +6.5, MEM -256 | ORL +202 O/U 227.0
So far, the Grizzlies have put together an overall record of 24-13, while going 19-16-2 vs the spread. The Grizzlies entered today’s game having picked up 4 straight wins. They have won these games by an average of 15.5 points.
In their previous game, the Grizzlies took down the Hornets by a score of 131-107. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 7 point favorites. Memphis played well enough in the second half to prevent the Hornets from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 29 going into halftime. In the win, Ja Morant led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 47.1%.
The Magic come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 14-24. So far, the team has gone 20-17-1 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 1-2. Orlando is 1-2 vs the spread in these matchups.
Orlando is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Thunder at home. With the 126-115 victory, they also covered the spread as 1 point underdogs. Orlando went on to win the game, as they led by 17 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Paolo Banchero, as he contributed 25 points while hitting 47.1% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Last season, the Grizzlies and Magic played 2 games against each other, with Memphis coming away with a win in each game. In game 1, they won by a score of 135-115, while adding a 135-124 victory in game 2. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Grizzlies averaged 129.5 points per game vs Orlando, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Grizzlies saw a boost in scoring, the Magic averaged 105.5 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Memphis. This figure was similar to season-long average. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Grizzlies have an average scoring margin of +12 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. Memphis and Orlando averaged a combined 218 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Grizzlies come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 115.9 points per game (9th). So far, Memphis is averaging 100.8 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Heading into the game, the Grizzlies will look to continue with their formula of playing fast and getting to the basket, as they are near the top of the league in two-point fields made per game.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Grizzlies are giving up an average of 109.93 points per game, good for 12th in the NBA.
This season, the Grizzlies offense has primarily worked through Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 32 games, Morant is 15th in the NBA at 27.1 points per game. So far, him and Brooks have accounted for 39% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 44.400000000000006 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Dillon Brooks is grabbing 3.4 rebounds for Memphis to go along with 2.7 assists.
Through 38 games, the Magic are averaging 110.2 points per contest, placing them 27th in the NBA. So far, the Magic are averaging 98.6 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Right now, the Magic offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 20th in effective field goal percentage.
Currently, the Magic defense is ranked 20th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.23 points per game vs the unit.
This season, the Magic offense has primarily worked through Franz Wagner and Paolo Banchero who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 37 games, Wagner is 56th in the NBA at 19.9 points per game. So far, him and Banchero have accounted for 36% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 40.9 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Paolo Banchero is grabbing 6.7 rebounds for Orlando to go along with 4.0 assists.
Grizzlies vs Magic Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Magic +6.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 227.0