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

Pacers vs Magic NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic
  • Where: Orlando at Amway Center
  • Date: Wednesday, January 25th
  • Betting Odds ORL -5, IND +158 | ORL -190 O/U 233.0

The Pacers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 24-25. So far, the team has gone 27-21-1 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 1-2. Indiana is 1-2 vs the spread in these matchups.

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Indiana is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Bulls. With the 116-110 victory, they also covered the spread as 1 point underdogs. Indiana put together a strong second half performance, as after 2 quarters, they trailed the Bulls by -16 points. Leading the team in scoring was Bennedict Mathurin, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 58.8% of his shots.

The Magic come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 18-29. So far, the team has gone 26-20-1 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.

Orlando is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Celtics at home. With the 113-98 victory, they also covered the spread as 7 point underdogs. Although Orlando held just a 1 point lead at half, they put together a strong second half on their way to a 15 point victory. Leading the team in scoring was Paolo Banchero, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 53.8% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Similar to their season-long average, the Pacers averaged 114.33 points per game vs the Magic. On the other side, Orlando saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Pacers, as they averaged 117.33 points per game in these matchups. When looking at how these teams have performed vs the spread in recent matchups, the Magic have an ATS mark of 3-2. Yet, the Pacers have averaged more points per game in these contests, at 116 compared to Orlando at 116. Over the course of these games, they averaged 229 points per game, leading a 3-2 over-under record.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

For the season, the Indiana offense is the 12th ranked unit in the NBA, at 115.0 points per contest. In terms of pace, the Pacers are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 100.8 possessions per game. If the Pacers offense is going to continue to produce at their current level, they would benefit from an improvement in their outside shooting. Currently, they are the 13th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.

Currently, the Pacers defense is ranked 26th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.94 points per game vs the unit.

On offense, Buddy Hield leads the Pacers in scoring at 17.6 points per game, placing him 67th in the NBA. Overall, Hield has hit 44.6% of his shots while accounting for 15.5% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 5th in points allowed to shooting guards. At 17.5 points per game, Bennedict Mathurin is the 2nd leading scorer for the Pacers. For the season, he is 190th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 42.5%.

For the season, the Magic offensive unit is ranked just 27th in scoring at 111.0 points per contest. 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.

Currently, the Magic defense is ranked 20th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.23 points per game vs the unit.

Small-Forward Franz Wagner currently leads the Magic at 20.4 points per game. For the season, he is 80th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 17.6% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Wagner is averaging 4.0 boards and 3.5 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 25th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Paolo Banchero enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 40 games, he is averaging 20.7 and is 114th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Pacers vs Magic Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Magic -5
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 233.0

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