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Thunder vs Magic NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder at Orlando Magic
- Where: Orlando at Amway Center
- Date: Wednesday, January 4th
- Betting Odds ORL -2, OKC +107 | ORL -130 O/U nan
The Thunder come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 16-21. So far, the team has gone 22-15-0 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
The Thunder are coming off a 150-117 win over the Celtics. This away win came despite entering the game as the 11 point underdogs. In the game, Oklahoma City outscored their opponent in every quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Josh Giddey, as he contributed 25 points while hitting 66.7% of his shots.
The Magic come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 13-24. So far, the team has gone 19-17-1 against the spread. Orlando will take the court having lost 3 straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -19.33 points per game.
Not only did the Magic drop their last game to the Wizards. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 119-100 as 4 point underdogs. Orlando was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 9. In the loss, Franz Wagner led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 52.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Thunder averaged 101.5 points per game vs the Magic. While the Thunder were able to maintain their usual level of production against Orlando, the Magic averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 96.0. In terms of betting, Oklahoma City has an ATS record of 4-1 in the previous 5 matchups vs Orlando. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +3 points per game in favor of the Thunder. The over-under record in these same games is 3-2, with the teams combining for an average of 209 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Oklahoma City offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 7th ranked offense at 116.1 points per game. So far, Oklahoma City is averaging 102.8 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Not only is the team ranked near the top of the league in possessions, but this fast-paced style has translated to an increased number of made shots, as they are 5th in the league in made field goals per game.
Against the Magic, the Thunder will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 15th in points allowed.
Oklahoma City will be counting Luguentz Dort to put together a strong scoring performance vs the Orlando, as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been ruled out for today’s game. So far, Gilgeous-Alexander leads the team in scoring at 30.8 points per game. Dort is 2nd on the team at 14.1 points per contest, which sits 101.0th in the NBA. In his 36 games, he has hit 41.0% of his field goal attempts, and is grabbing 4.2 rebounds per game.
This season, the Orlando offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 109.8 points per game. So far, the Magic are averaging 98.6 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 18th in the league in field goal percentage 46.7%.
On defense, the Magic will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 20th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
Without Franz Wagner, Orlando will need Paolo Banchero to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the Oklahoma City today. This season, Wagner leads the team in scoring with 19.9 points per game. Banchero is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 20.9 points per game, which places him 42.0th in the NBA. In his 30 games, he has hit 43.5% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 6.7 rebounds per game.
Thunder vs Magic Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Magic -2
- Free Total Prediction: Over nan
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