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Magic vs Kings NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Orlando Magic at Sacramento Kings
- Where: Sacramento at Golden 1 Center
- Date: Monday, January 9th
- Betting Odds SAC -6, ORL +197 | SAC -246 O/U 240.0
So far, the Magic have put together an overall record of 15-25, while going 21-18-1 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Orlando has an overall record of 2-1, including going 2-1 against the spread.
The Magic are coming off a 115-101 win over the Warriors. This away win came despite entering the game as the 6 point underdogs. Although Orlando held just a 3 point lead at half, they put together a strong second half on their way to a 14 point victory. Leading the team in scoring was Paolo Banchero, as he contributed 25 points while hitting 45.0% of his shots.
The Kings come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 20-18. So far, the team has gone 19-18-1 against the spread. The Kings head into today’s action in the midst of a 2 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -2.5.
In their previous game, the Kings were favored to win vs the Lakers. However, their 136-134 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. In the game, Sacramento entered the 2nd half all knotted up at 73. In the loss, De’Aaron Fox led the team in scoring with 34 points on a field goal percentage of 52.4%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Magic averaged 120.0 points per game vs Sacramento, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Kings also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 128.0 points per game vs Orlando. In terms of betting, Sacramento has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs Orlando. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +5 points per game in favor of the Kings. A combined average of 241 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 5-0.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Magic come into today’s game as the 27th ranked scoring offense at 110.4 points per game. 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 Orlando continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 19th in the league in possessions per game.
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 39 games, Wagner is 55th in the NBA at 20.1 points per game. So far, him and Banchero have accounted for 36% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 41.5 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 3.9 assists.
Sacramento will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 118.3 points per game (2nd). The Kings come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.1 made 3’s per game. In addition to their strong outside shooting numbers, the team is playing at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, averaging 101.3 possessions per contest.
Defensively, Sacramento has had its problems giving up an average of 115.77 points per game (29th).
Point-Guard De’Aaron Fox currently leads the Kings at 24.2 points per game. For the season, he is 23rd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.2% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Fox is averaging 4.6 boards and 5.9 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 24th ranked defense at defending point-guards. Domantas Sabonis enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 37 games, he is averaging 18.9 and is 22nd in the league in player efficiency rating.
Magic vs Kings Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Magic +6
- Free Total Prediction: Under 240.0