Check out our free Magic vs Nuggets pick and preview for this NBA game in Denver. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.

Magic vs Nuggets NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Orlando Magic at Denver Nuggets
  • Where: Denver at Ball Arena
  • Date: Sunday, January 15th
  • Betting Odds DEN -10, ORL +385 | DEN -512 O/U 232.0

The Magic come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 16-27. So far, the team has gone 23-19-1 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Orlando has an overall record of 1-2, including going 2-1 against the spread.

Orlando will be gunning to get in the win column vs the Nuggets, as they previously lost to the Jazz by a score of 112-108. However, because they entered as 5 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. Orlando was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Jazz by 4 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Franz Wagner, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.

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So far, the Nuggets have put together an overall record of 29-13, while going 22-19-1 vs the spread. The Nuggets entered today’s game having picked up 5 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 19.6 points per game.

The Nuggets are coming off a 115-103 win over the Clippers. This win came despite entering the game as the 4 point underdogs. Denver went on to win the game, despite trailing by 1 going into halftime. In the win, Jamal Murray led the team in scoring with 24 points on a field goal percentage of 47.1%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

Going back to last season, the Magic and Nuggets split their season series, with each team picking up a win at home. The average point total across the two games was 212.5 points. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Magic averaged 109.5 points per game vs Denver, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Magic saw a boost in scoring, the Nuggets averaged 112.0 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Orlando. This figure was similar to season-long average. Although the Magic have the better ATS mark across the previous 5 head-head matchups at 3-1-1, the average scoring margin sits in favor of Denver, as they averaged 113 points per game while allowing 106. In these contests, they averaged a combined 219 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 4-1.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Through 43 games, the Magic are averaging 110.3 points per contest, placing them 27th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Magic will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.8 made 3’s per game. One area of the team’s offense that has been effective is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are ranked 8th, with an average of 19.7 made free-throws per game.

Against the Nuggets, the Magic will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 20th in points allowed.

Small-Forward Franz Wagner currently leads the Magic at 20.3 points per game. For the season, he is 81st in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 17.7% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Wagner is averaging 3.9 boards and 3.4 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 9th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Paolo Banchero enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 36 games, he is averaging 21.2 and is 111st in the league in player efficiency rating.

Denver will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 117.0 points per game (7th). So far, the Nuggets are averaging 98.3 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. So far, the team’s deliberate style of play has not slowed down the offense, as they have been particularly effective inside the arc, ranking 7th in made 2-point field goals per game.

Against the Magic, the Nuggets will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 14th in points allowed.

On offense, Nikola Jokic leads the Nuggets in scoring at 24.9 points per game, placing him 20th in the NBA. Overall, Jokic has hit 61.8% of his shots while accounting for 17.7% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 9th in points allowed to centers. At 18.6 points per game, Jamal Murray is the 2nd leading scorer for the Nuggets. For the season, he is 91st in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.9%.

Magic vs Nuggets Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Nuggets -10
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 232.0

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