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Magic vs Jazz NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Orlando Magic at Utah Jazz
- Where: Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home Arena
- Date: Friday, January 13th
- Betting Odds UTA -6, ORL +190 | UTA -233 O/U 233.0
The Magic come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 16-26. So far, the team has gone 22-19-1 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Orlando is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.
The Magic are coming off a 109-106 win over the Trail Blazers. This away win came despite entering the game as the 9 point underdogs. In the game, the two teams entered halftime all tied up at 50. Leading the team in scoring was Franz Wagner, as he contributed 29 points while hitting 60.0% of his shots.
So far, the Jazz have put together an overall record of 21-23, while going 23-19-2 vs the spread. In their previous 3 games, the Jazz are averaging 117 points per game while allowing 121. This has led to a record of 1-2.
The Jazz are coming off a 116-114 win over the Cavaliers. This win came despite entering the game as the 2 point underdogs. In the game, the two teams entered halftime all tied up at 55. In the win, Jordan Clarkson led the team in scoring with 32 points on a field goal percentage of 57.9%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Going back to last season, the Magic and Jazz split their season series, with each team picking up a win at home. The average point total across the two games was 203.0 points. Similar to their season-long average, the Magic averaged 103.0 points per game vs the Jazz. While the Magic were able to maintain their usual level of production against Utah, the Jazz averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 107.0. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 4-1 in favor of the Jazz. In these matchups, Utah has averaged 116 points per game, while allowing 100. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 2-3. Combined, they averaged 216 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 42 games, Orlando is averaging 110.4 points per game (27th). Coming into today’s game, the Magic will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.7 made 3’s per game. If the Orlando offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 14.7 turnovers per game.
Against the Jazz, the Magic will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 20th in points allowed.
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 41 games, Wagner is 54th in the NBA at 20.2 points per game. So far, him and Banchero have accounted for 36% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 41.4 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Paolo Banchero is grabbing 6.9 rebounds for Orlando to go along with 3.9 assists.
The Utah offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 3rd ranked offense at 117.5 points per game. In terms of pace, the Jazz are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 100.4 possessions per game. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 12th team in made field goals per contest.
Defensively, the Jazz are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.57 points per contest (10th).
Power-Foward Lauri Markkanen currently leads the Jazz at 24.5 points per game. For the season, he is 82nd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 17.9% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Markkanen is averaging 8.5 boards and 1.9 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 23rd ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Jordan Clarkson enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 43 games, he is averaging 20.7 and is 119th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Magic vs Jazz Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Jazz -6
- Free Total Prediction: Under 233.0
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