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Magic vs Timberwolves NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Orlando Magic at Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Where: Minneapolis at Target Center
  • Date: Friday, February 3rd
  • Betting Odds MIN -5, ORL +174 | MIN -212 O/U OFF

The Magic come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 20-32. So far, the team has gone 29-22-1 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.

Not only did the Magic drop their last game to the 76ers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 105-94 as 10 point underdogs. Orlando was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the 76ers by 11 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Markelle Fultz, as he contributed 18 points while hitting 63.6% of his shots.

So far, the Timberwolves have put together an overall record of 28-26, while going 26-28-0 vs the spread. In their previous 3 games, the Timberwolves are averaging 115 points per game while allowing 114. This has led to a record of 2-1.

The Timberwolves are coming off a 119-114 win over the Warriors. This win came despite entering the game as the 5 point underdogs. Minnesota went on to win the game, despite trailing by 9 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was D’Angelo Russell, as he contributed 29 points while hitting 47.8% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Magic averaged 116.5 points per game vs Minnesota, which was an increase over their season-long average. However, the Timberwolves actually averaged fewer points per game than their season-long mark. Across their head-to-head matchups with Orlando, the team averaged 103.5 points per game. In terms of betting, Minnesota 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 Timberwolves. Orlando and Minnesota averaged a combined 217 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Through 52 games, Orlando is averaging 110.9 points per game (27th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Magic are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.8 per contest. If the Magic offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 22nd ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.

Against the Timberwolves, 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 51 games, Wagner is 58th in the NBA at 19.8 points per game. So far, him and Banchero have accounted for 36% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 40.3 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Paolo Banchero is grabbing 6.5 rebounds for Orlando to go along with 3.6 assists.

The Minnesota offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 11th ranked offense at 115.1 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Timberwolves will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.8 made 3’s per game. If the Minnesota 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 15.2 turnovers per game.

Defensively, Minnesota has had its problems giving up an average of 113.3 points per game (24th).

Shooting Guard Anthony Edwards currently leads the Timberwolves at 24.9 points per game. For the season, he is 24th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 22.3% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Edwards is averaging 6.1 boards and 4.6 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 11th ranked defense at defending shooting guards. D’Angelo Russell enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 51 games, he is averaging 17.8 and is 112nd in the league in player efficiency rating.

Magic vs Timberwolves Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Timberwolves -5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over OFF