Check out our free Magic vs Warriors pick and preview for this NBA game in San Francisco. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Magic vs Warriors NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Orlando Magic at Golden State Warriors
- Where: San Francisco at Chase Center
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds GS -6.5, ORL +213 | GS -261 O/U 232.0
The Magic come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 14-25. So far, the team has gone 20-18-1 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Orlando has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.
Not only did the Magic drop their last game to the Grizzlies. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 123-115 as 6 point underdogs. Orlando got off to a slow start, trailing by 22 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Paolo Banchero, as he contributed 30 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
The Warriors come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 20-19. So far, the team has gone 18-20-1 against the spread. In their previous 3 games, the Warriors are averaging 126 points per game while allowing 125. This has led to a record of 2-1.
In their previous game, the Warriors were favored to win vs the Pistons. However, their 122-119 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. Golden State was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Pistons by 3 going into halftime. In the loss, Klay Thompson led the team in scoring with 30 points on a field goal percentage of 47.8%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Magic saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Warriors, averaging 94.5 points per game. While the Magic struggled on offense in the series, the Warriors maintained their usual level of scoring at 108.0 vs Orlando. Across the last 5 matchups between the teams, Orlando has gone 4-1 vs the spread. However, the Warriors actually have a positive scoring margin in these games at +6 points per game. Orlando and Golden State averaged a combined 224 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 39 games, Orlando is averaging 110.3 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 10.6 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.
On offense, Franz Wagner leads the Magic in scoring at 19.9 points per game, placing him 55th in the NBA. Overall, Wagner has hit 48.2% of his shots while accounting for 17.5% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 19th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 21.3 points per game, Paolo Banchero is the 2nd leading scorer for the Magic. For the season, he is 108th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 43.8%.
Through 39 games, Golden State is the 4th best scoring team at 117.2 points per game. For the season, the Warriors have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 3rd in the NBA in possessions per game.. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 10th team in made field goals per contest.
So far, the Warriors have played well defensively, as they are ranked 3rd in the league at 105.46 points per contest.
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Warriors 2nd leading scorer, Stephen Curry. In his 26 games, Curry is averaging 30.0 points per game while dishing out 6.8 assists and grabbing 6.6 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Jordan Poole, who leads the team and is 48th in the NBA at 20.6 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 42.9% of his field goal attempts while taking 18.3% of the team’s shots from the floor.
Magic vs Warriors Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Warriors -6.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 232.0
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