New Orleans Pelicans vs. Orlando Magic - 10/28/14
Orlando Magic (23-59) at New Orleans Pelicans (34-48)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -9.5 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans look to start their season with a win tonight as they host the Orlando Magic.
The New Orleans Pelicans finished last season with a record of 34-48 but will definitely be able to improve on that if they can actually stay healthy for once. Key players: Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson missed a total of 123 games last season which really crippled the Pelicans' season and didn't allow us to get a real look at what they can do. A key addition to the roster in the offseason was Omer Asik who is expected to start at center alongside Davis in the frontcourt. It should be a nice bounce-back season for Asik who averaged 10.1 points, 11.7 rebounds in his last full season as a starter but simply struggled to find a place with the Houston Rockets last season.
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Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic were just 23-59 last season and look to be in rebuilding mode after shipping off Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson to allow Victor Oladipo to break free and run the show completely. However, the Magic were dealt a major blow as Oladipo is said to be out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture during a practice session. Add to that, the injury of newly acquired Channing Frye and the Magic look set to once again settle towards the bottom of the standings. The only real positive that could come out from this injury is that maybe the rookie Elfrid Payton will probably start opening night and build on his preseason production.
In ATS trends, the Magic are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall and just 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in New Orleans. The Under is 22-8-1 ATS in the last 31 meetings and 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings in New Orleans.
It is such a shame that Oladipo got injured just before the start of the season because the Magic finally got rid of the veteran guards and took the reins of their number two overall pick. On the other side of the coin, the Pelicans look primed to improve dramatically on last season and should be able to kick things off with a big win at home.