Orlando Magic vs. Indiana Pacers Pick-Odds-Prediction 10/29/13
Orlando Magic (20-62) at Indiana Pacers (49-32)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers +11.5 -- Over/Under: 187 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers will be playing host to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Indiana Pacers were outstanding at home last season, and the Pacers get to face the Magic on their home floor to open the season. Indiana took the Heat all the way to the buzzer last season, and if Indiana can stay healthy, the Pacers are very well equipped this season as well. Indiana has Paul George, who is an absolute machine. George finished last season with 17.4 points per game, also leading the team in steals with 1.8 on average. The Pacers should face some stiff competition in the Central this season, especially with the Bulls having Rose back. Indiana was second in the league last year in points allowed per game, and that trend will need to continue into this season if the Pacers want to make a run again this season.
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The Orlando Magic…were just plain bad last year. The Magic finished the season with a record of 20-62. Orlando has done some nice things this offseason, but fans of the Magic probably shouldn’t get too excited, too soon. I do like this team’s future, but remember this team finished 24th in the league in both points scored, and points allowed last season, and facing what should be increasingly tough competition in the East; things look bleak again this year for Orlando. I do expect the Magic to improve upon the record, and if Orlando can stay healthy, it is very possible that they leapfrog the Bobcats and the Wizards this season.
The Magic are just 1-4 ATS in their last five games, and Orlando is just 2-5 ATS when playing the Pacers. The Magic have done well when facing Indiana on the road however, as Orlando is 6-3 straight up in their last nine games on the Pacers home floor. Indiana has gone over the total in nine of their last 12 home games.
I have to take the Magic in this spot. Indiana is clearly the better team, but Orlando has played very well at Indiana, going 6-3 overall in their last nine meetings. The Pacers are clearly the better team, and that fact has inflated this line a little bit, as I am expecting something like a 96-88 win for the Pacers on Tuesday.